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

Pope praises ‘spirit of faith’ of religious orders

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, president of the German bishops' conference (AP)

Freiburg spokesman says local Church has authority to issue new guidelines

St. Francis Xavier, St. Ignatius of Loyola and Blessed Peter Faber are shown in an icon (CNS)

Pope Francis is expected to make Blessed Peter Faber a saint

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, prays in the ruined Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord  in Palo earlier this month Below: More devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan (CNS)

Ordination ceremonies take place amid the ruins of typhoon-ravaged cathedral

Mater Hospital in Dublin (Haydn West/PA Wire)

Father Kevin Doran reveals why he quit the board of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Pope Francis (CNS)

Sacramental power must not be ‘too closely identified with power in general,’ writes Pope

Pope Francis  (AP)

Francis lays out vision for outreach at every level of Church

Archbishop Rino Fisichella  (CNS)

Apostolic exhortation an ‘invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality’

Pope Francis: 'A human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development' (PA)

Pope writes that the faithful have ‘obligation to defend those whose basic right to life is under attack’