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Archbishop Francis A. Chullikat (CNS)

The nuncio to the UN said that “widespread persecution of Christians rages”

Pope Francis (CNS)

We have to go to Mass with humility, Pope Francis has said

In Mexico, 26 per cent of respondents rated Francis as 'mediocre' or 'poor' (CNS)

But Catholics in five continents are united in their approval of Pope Francis

Benedict XVI waves goodbye for the last time during his final public appearance as pontiff from the balcony of the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo (CNS)

A year on from resignation Father Lombardi explains former Pope’s daily routine

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (CNS)

Major Archbishop Shevchuk makes plea during US trip

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien (CNS)

Cardinal Edwin O’Brien told seminarians to ‘hold on to their seats’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis to visit Sri Lanka

The Pope appears to confirm a visit during an audience with 12,000 Sri Lankan pilgrims

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

Francis says faithful shouldn’t look at their watches during Mass

Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

But the Holy See will respond to justified criticisms with ‘courage and determination’, according to statement

A boy pushes a pram past destroyed buildings in Homs (Photo: CNS)

News comes as thousands prepare to be evacuated during a pause in fighting