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Gianna Masciantoni was kissed by the Pontiff during his visit to Philadelphia in September

Pope Francis has released video messages ahead of his visit to Central African Republic, Kenya and Uganda

Church of England angered by decision to refuse to show advert promoting prayer website prior to new Star Wars film

Francis says he hopes Year of Mercy can revive Confession and a better understanding of the Eucharist

A sneak preview of this week’s issue

Italian news agency Agi issued the report which the Vatican has not yet confirmed

His death brings the number of priests killed in Mexico since 2013 to 11

Drones will be banned from the airspace above Rome from December 8 as the Year of Mercy begins

The volunteers rushed the injured to hospital after terrorists opened fire on concertgoers at the Bataclan

Armed police kept guard of the cathedral during the service on Sunday evening