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Pope Francis has hailed the example of St John the Baptist (AP)

Pope urges Church to imitate courageous witness of St John the Baptist

Bishop Nicolas Brouwet of Tarbes and Lourdes talks to Francois Hollande during an emergency trip to Lourdes (Photo: CNS)

Grotto likely to be reopened in a few days but some churches and prayer rooms to remain closed

A protester in Brazil holds a poster reading: 'We are many, we don't forget, we don't forgive, we wait' (AP)

Bishops’ conference expresses its ‘solidarity and support’ for protesters

Pope Francis (AP)

The best candidates are ‘pastors who are close to their people’, Pontiff says

The prize is funded by the royalties from Benedict XVI's books (Photo: CNS)

New Testament scholar the Rev Richard Burridge is awarded prize alongside German lay theologian

Pope Francis at a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Better to seek divine treasures such as goodness and love that are stored in heaven, says Pope

CDF prefect Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

CDF prefect speaks at launch of St Andrew’s Foundation at the University of Glasgow

Jean Vanier pictured in 2008 (Photo: CNS)

Jean Vanier to receive award that in the past has honoured Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day and Lech Walesa

A man reads a Braille text in Athens (AP)

Archbishop Tomasi says less than five per cent of world’s books available to the blind

Archbishop Nichols at the Citizens UK summit (Photo: Mazur/

Archbishop tells Citizens UK summit the best example a father can give his children is to love and respect their mother