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Pope Francis celebrating Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae  (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff makes plea during morning Mass homily

Pope Francis has hailed the example of St John the Baptist (AP)

Pope urges Church to imitate courageous witness of St John the Baptist

Bishop Nicolas Brouwet of Tarbes and Lourdes talks to Francois Hollande during an emergency trip to Lourdes (Photo: CNS)

Grotto likely to be reopened in a few days but some churches and prayer rooms to remain closed

Cardinal Timothy Dolan  (CNS)

Bishops want Obama administration to ensure religious freedom is protected

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!’