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Pope Francis hears a Confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

The Pope says people should leave the confessional ‘with happiness in their hearts and faces radiating hope’

Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin (AP/Sergei Grits)

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Pope John XXIII in his official portrait (CNS). 
Below is a page from the comic book narrating his life (CNS)

The Story of Pope John XXIII – by the artist behind Thor and the Avengers – is re-issued thanks to a Kickstarter campaign

Jean Vanier, founder of the International federation of L'Arche communities (CNS)

Vanier won this year’s Templeton Prize

Bishop Declan Lang (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Show those imprisoned or brutalised for their faith that they are not forgotten, says Bishop Lang

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (AP/Alexander Khitrov)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/03/15

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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in wheelchairs during his general audience (Photo: CNS)

At his general audience Francis says that being old is no time for resting

In 2008, as Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Francis washed the feet of drug addicts  (CNS)

The Holy Father will repeat the symbolic act in Holy Week

Nick Gale read music at Oxford University

Nick Gale spent more than a decade working as Master of the Music at the Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St George in Southwark

Jean Vanier (CNS)

Mr Vanier wins £1.1 million award for making ‘an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension’