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Pilgrim kisses the hand of the cardinal during a reception at the Vatican (CNS)

Cardinal Mazombwe dies, aged 81

The retired archbishop of Lusaka and a longtime campaigner for foreign-debt reduction, died on Thursday

Archbishop Pietro Parolin (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin replaces Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Syrians search for survivors under the rubble in Aleppo (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop of Vienna says Syria is ‘already bleeding from a thousand wounds’

The charities have written to Margaret Hodge (PA)

Charities concerned at ‘the public costs incurred by rising poverty levels’

The Oratory has been told to change its admission policy

Decision follows complaint by humanist organisation

'When we use our tongue to speak badly of our brother or sister, we use it to kill God' (Photo: CNS)

Francis told Alejandra Pereyra a letter she wrote him “touched his heart”

Coptic Catholic Patriarch Sedrak distributes Communion at Coptic Catholic Cathedral in Cairo (CNS)

Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak has rejected the possibility of foreign intervention

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope will preside over Mass at Basilica of Sant’Agostino on Wednesday

Civilians amid the rubble after shelling in Aleppo (CNS)

Pope Francis calls again for an end to the fighting in Syria

Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak (CNS)

‘Sermons coming out of mosques are inciting Muslims against Christians,’ has said Coptic Catholic Patriarch