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Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

But the Holy See will respond to justified criticisms with ‘courage and determination’, according to statement

A boy pushes a pram past destroyed buildings in Homs (Photo: CNS)

News comes as thousands prepare to be evacuated during a pause in fighting

Fr Eduardo Robles Gil, the new general director of the Legionaries of Christ (Photo: CNS)

Legionaries of Christ elect new leaders

The congregation also expressed ‘deep sorrow’ for the behaviour of its founder Fr Maciel

Pope Francis embraces a boy during World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil (CNS)

Francis tells young people Blessed John Paul II will be “the great patron of the World Youth Days”

Fr Timothy Radcliffe (Mazur)

Fr Timothy Radcliffe was visiting small community in the Sahara

Rain falls as Pope Francis arrives to lead general audience in St Peter's Square at Vatican yesterday (CNS)

The Pope stressed that Mass is where we receive Jesus

John Mason said that the Bill needed more safeguards for religious freedom (PA)

Members of the Scottish Parliament supported the legislation by 105-18

The committe, pictued today, were critical of the Church (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

UN criticises Vatican over clerical abuse

Committee tells Church to release details of abuse

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells faithful to “courageously follow Jesus in seeking out the poor”

Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

Details of questionnaire responses from Catholics in England and Wales will remain confidential