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Pope Francis receives the pastoral staff during Mass at St  John Lateran (AP)

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The Stigmatisation of St Francis (1594-95)

The richness of their theology is lost on the curators, though

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi: as cool as a cucumber (AP)

Both Fr Lombardi and Pope Francis have the Jesuit gift of remaining calm under fire

Pope Francis's Twitter account, @Pontifex

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Mick and Mairead Philpott (Photo: PA)

Without the welfare state, he says, Philpott would have been ‘decently employed’. Maybe it’s more likely he would still have been a criminal?

Pope Francis greets US Vice President Joe Biden and his sister, Valerie Biden Owens, at the Vatican

The British Canadian writer is unapologetic about his faith and we should follow his lead

Archbishop Jerome Listecki (Catholic Herald photo by Allen Fredrickson)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/04/13

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Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

A new book gives an eye-opening account of the history of servants in Britain

Mick and Mairead Philpott who were convicted of manslaughter this week

Multiple marriages are not the norm for Catholics, despite what the Daily Mail says

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 03/04/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church