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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has named Pope Francis as his Person of the Year.

Pope Francis will “give thanks for the graces of 2013” at Vespers in St Peter’s Basilica this evening.

The Pope has appointed Bishop Nunzio Galantino as interim secretary general of the Italian bishops’ conference.

A French priest kidnapped in Cameroon in November has been released.

Rob Asghar argues that Francis is redefining “modern concepts of success, wealth and prestige“.

Vatican communications adviser Greg Burke says “there are a lot of changes in store” for 2014.

And the National Catholic Reporter chooses someone other than Pope Francis as its Person of the Year.

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