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Kenneth F Hackett, new US ambassador to the Holy See,  presents his credentials to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Kenneth F Hackett fills diplomatic post that has been empty for a year

Pope Francis greets members of the Lutheran World Federation (Photo: CNS)

Pope says the two sides must ‘confront the historical reality of the Reformation’

Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Dolan at the Al Smith Dinner (AP)

Cardinal roars with laughter as Stephen Colbert calls him a ‘flamboyant Zorro’

Pope Francis (AP)

Catholic media professions can ‘read reality in a spiritual key’, Francis says

Cardinal Tagle has asked for forgiveness on behalf of the Church (CNS)

During a conference today Cardinal Tagle asked non Catholics for forgiveness

Pope Francis meets Argentine boxer Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez during his general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday (CNS)

Sergio Martinez gives Pope replica of his WBC middleweight belt

(CNS)

English translations have helped Catholics better understand the sacraments they share, says Pope

Pope Francis  (AP)

Francis calls on faithful not to forget old clergymen and women

Pope Francis greets head of German bishops' conference during private audience at Vatican (CNS)

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch said he was “strengthened and encouraged” by his talks with Pope Francis

The Mass was celebrated at St Peter's yesterday (AP)

Solemn Mass was celebrated at the Altar of the Chair of St Peter