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Pope Francis: 'Our witness must concentrate on the centre of our faith.'

Pope Francis calls for focus on essentials of Christianity during audience with Lutherans

Holy Land Coordination bishops at Mass in Gaza
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishops visiting from North America and Europe say humanitarian situation is a scandal

Patriarch Gregorios III

Leader of Catholics in Syria asks for prayers for conference beginning on Tuesday

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi and Bishop Charles Scicluna in Geneva today (AP)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi says Vatican policies aim to eliminate abuse

North Korea, one of the worst abusers of religious freedom (Kyodo)

The number of states hostile to Christians up to 110, according to new figures

Archbishop Bassetti says he couldn't believe that the Pope named him a cardinal  (CNS)

Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti was told by a parishioner that he was to be made a cardinal

Pope Francis (CNS)

Engaged couples can attend a special audience with Pope Francis on February 14

Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

New members include Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin

Archbishop Bernard Moras quoted Pope Francis In his opening address to the conference (CNS)

The Indian Christian Women’s Movement established after talks on the impact of the Second Vatican Council

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience today (CNS)

250 years ago Japanese Christians ‘survived with the grace of baptism,’ Pontiff tells general audience