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Pope Francis hears the confession of a young woman during World Youth Day (CNS)

Almost two thirds of cathedrals say they have seen a rise in Confessions

Cardinal Dolan has acknowledged that the situation in Syria is "complex" (PA)

Cardinal Dolan has urged President Obama not to resort to military action against Syria

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski is being investigated (AP Photo)

Dominican Republic to look into allegations against Archbishop Wesolowski

Pope Francis wrote an open letter to La Repubblica (AP)

In God’s eyes young pilgrims are ‘apostles of the kingdom’, Pope says in St Peter’s Square

Mgr Vladimir Ghika was beatified last week (CNS photo/

Mgr Ghika, tortured to death at the age of 80, had ‘an ecumenical heart’

Free Syrian Army fighters take positions as one of them fires his weapon towards what they say are snipers loyal to Syrian President (CNS)

Pope Francis will lead thousands in St Peter’s Square in a prayer vigil for peace on Saturday evening

Pope Francis greeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in July (CNS)

‘He has got thinner but he looks healthier,’ says member of Ratzinger Student Circle

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (AP)

Pontiff marks first anniversary of the Jesuit biblical scholar’s death

The first papal phone, donated to Pius XI by Catholics in the US. Fr Vergez oversaw a major overhaul of the Vatican's phone and email systems (Photo: CNS)

Fr Vergez oversaw a major reform of the Vatican’s email and phone systems

Fort Hood murderer Hasan – the Archbishop opposes the death penalty

Church opposes capital punishment for Hasan