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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Christians are able to address God directly as ‘Father’, says Pontiff

A tyre floats past the flooded grotto of Lourdes (AP)

Official says the water is still rising after heavy rain and unseasonal snowfall

The Pope greets bishops a the Vatican yesterday (AP)

Pontiff says we can’t ‘leave this to the cloistered nuns’

A Benedictine monk from Malaysia, picks apples at Ampleforth Abbey (Photo: CNS)

Monks delighted by International Cider Challenge awards

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said the ICC's decision had been expected (Photo: CNS)

Victims of sexual abuse fail in petition to ICC

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

‘To live like this is not easy,’ says Holy Father, ‘because you really do receive slaps!’

Ken Hackett with former ambassador Miguel Diaz (CNS)

Retired president of Catholic Relief Services expected to succeed Miguel Diaz

Pope Francis celebrating Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Clergy should be marked by a ‘strong humility’, Pontiff says at morning Mass

A church destroyed in Idlib province. Syrian Christians are suffering in the conflict (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Plea made for return of all the kidnapped in war-torn country

Pope Francis  (Photo: CNS)

Pope delivers homily in Spanish for first time since election