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Pope Francis: the Church's priority is 'to heal wounds' (AP)

Fr Antonio Spadaro has given us rich new insights into the Holy Father

A poster promoting Natural Fertility Awareness used by the US Bishops Conference (CNS)

We need reminding that Natural Fertility Awareness can support women who are trying to conceive

Pope Francis speaks to reporters on his flight home from Rio (CNS)

Or is the Church actually in the grip of a crisis that threatens its very existence?

Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (AP)

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Pope Francis leaving the Basilica of St John Lateran earlier this week (CNS)

The motu proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’ says that they need ‘no permission from the Apostolic See’ to celebrate the Tridentine Mass: their congregation has acted ultra vires

Julie Walters plays St John, traditionally the youngest disciple (PA)

It matters that photographer Alistair Morrison has chosen Julie Waters to portray St John

The Church has always recognised that young children are capable of wrong-doing and allows the Sacrament of Confession from the age of seven (PA)

Refusing to acknowledge or punish a child’s bad behaviour is not ‘positive’ parenting

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

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Pope Pius XII, pictured in 1943, preparing to give a radio address (CNS)

Now the ‘Hitler’s Pope’ calumny has been so comprehensively discredited, there is no reason for Pope Pius’s cause to be obstructed any longer

A selection of images from Paul Koudounaris’s new book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs