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Pope says World Youth Day was a ‘true party’ at general audience

Pope Francis wrote an open letter to La Repubblica (AP)

In God’s eyes young pilgrims are ‘apostles of the kingdom’, Pope says in St Peter’s Square

Thousands attend beatification of priest killed by Communists

Mgr Vladimir Ghika was beatified last week (CNS photo/

Mgr Ghika, tortured to death at the age of 80, had ‘an ecumenical heart’

Pope calls all Catholics to pray and fast for Syria on Saturday

Free Syrian Army fighters take positions as one of them fires his weapon towards what they say are snipers loyal to Syrian President (CNS)

Pope Francis will lead thousands in St Peter’s Square in a prayer vigil for peace on Saturday evening

Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Vatican for former students

Pope Francis greeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in July (CNS)

‘He has got thinner but he looks healthier,’ says member of Ratzinger Student Circle

Pope Francis hails Cardinal Martini as ‘a father for the whole Church’

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (AP)

Pontiff marks first anniversary of the Jesuit biblical scholar’s death