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The Pope opines that war is how the great world economies ‘keep their balance sheets in the black’. I repeat: shouldn’t he be more careful with what he says?

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard the flight from Tel Aviv to Rome last month

Much of what he says in his public statements appears not entirely intellectually well thought through; at times it is even totally incoherent

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Pope Francis pictured at yesterday's general audience (AP)

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A child hugs Francis at the end of his weekly audience (AP)

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Should the Pope push through the canonisation of Pius XII?

Pius XII prepares to give a radio address in 1943 (CNS)

A new book suggests the wartime pope used all the means within his power to help Jews

Iraq’s implosion is another disaster for Christians in the Middle East

Iraqis who have fled the violence in their hometown of Mosul reach for a fruit during a food distribution at Khazir refugee camp  (PA)

As we contemplate the fate of Catholics in Mosul, this should be a time of mourning.

The Scottish Church is right to be silent on independence

Archbishop Leo Cushley  (PA)

Catholic leaders are wisely keeping out of a deeply divisive debate

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Pope Francis speaks at the Rome diocesan convention yesterday (AP)

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One of the poorest, most atheistic places in Europe, Albania is a natural destination for Francis

Albanian Catholic women at prayer in northern Albania. The Pope visits the country in September (CNS)

Francis will do great good in Europe’s only Muslim-majority country

What Christians can learn from the World Cup

Rio's Christ the Redeemer Statue glows green to help kickoff World Cup (CNS)

Brazil’s huge gulf between rich and poor should shake Christian consciences

Saint John Paul II’s father is a role model for all men

Young John Paul II with his father

The late pope’s father was instrumental in forming Karol Wojtyła’s faith