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The joint Catholic-Orthodox commission, set up at the request of Pope Francis, agreed that the two churches should ‘share the memory of martyrs’

Beatification Mass will take place on September 8

Francis urges priests and bishops to maintain ‘evangelical closeness’ to their flocks

Cardinal Pietro Parolin spelt out the Holy See’s position in a letter to former heads of state

The Council of Cardinals pondered a ‘more systematic’ way to involve lay people in appointments, a Vatican spokesman said

Despite his doubts, the Pope said the ‘spiritual and pastoral facts cannot be denied: people go there and convert’

Francisco and Jacinta Marto are the youngest non-martyrs to be declared saints

Do you honour ‘a woman blessed because she believed always and everywhere in God’s words or a ‘plaster statue’ from whom we beg favours at little cost?’ the Pope asked

‘We are not orphans, we have a mother in heaven,’ the Pope said

Pope Francis greets the crowd during his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 3

Egypt has the task of promoting a lasting peace that “rests not on the law of force but on the force of law”, the Pope said