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Mgr Vladimir Ghika was beatified last week (CNS photo/

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

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

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

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (AP)

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

The first papal phone, donated to Pius XI by Catholics in the US. Fr Vergez oversaw a major overhaul of the Vatican's phone and email systems (Photo: CNS)

Fr Vergez oversaw a major reform of the Vatican’s email and phone systems

Fort Hood murderer Hasan – the Archbishop opposes the death penalty

Church opposes capital punishment for Hasan

Pilgrim kisses the hand of the cardinal during a reception at the Vatican (CNS)

Cardinal Mazombwe dies, aged 81

The retired archbishop of Lusaka and a longtime campaigner for foreign-debt reduction, died on Thursday

Archbishop Pietro Parolin (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin replaces Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Syrians search for survivors under the rubble in Aleppo (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop of Vienna says Syria is ‘already bleeding from a thousand wounds’

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop hopes pilgrimage will show ‘extraordinary ordinariness of Catholic family life’