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Bishop Stephen Robson

Bishop Stephen Robson to lead Dunkeld diocese

Nelson Mandela greets John Paul II  in Johannesburg in 1995 (AP)

Catholics supported former South African president’s struggle against apartheid

Maaloula is near the war-torn capital city of Damascus (CNS)

Syrian nuns moved to rebel-held town

The 12 nuns have been moved from Maaloula to the nearby town of Yabroud

Pope Francis thanked the religious for their 'testimony' (AP)

Pope praises ‘spirit of faith’ of religious orders

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/

‘We need to look at the world not as an enemy that is indifferent to the Gospel,’ says Archbishop Longley

Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation today (CNS)

Key quotes from Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis covers a range of issues – including abortion, evangelisation, and Islam – in first apostolic exhortation

Pope Francis's document 'take everything from the synod on new evangelisation and puts it in a wider framework' (PA)

Francis’s first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, is published today

Pope Francis greets faithful as he tours St. Peter's Square during his weekly general audience at the Vatican (PA)

At his general audience this week, Pope Francis revealed that he receives the sacrament every fortnight

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa (CNS)

More than 35,000 people are living on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa

Cardinal Ravasi at a press conference on Tuesday (PA)

Early Christian burial sites are now easier to see both in person and via the Internet