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Pope Francis (AP)

The best candidates are ‘pastors who are close to their people’, Pontiff says

The prize is funded by the royalties from Benedict XVI's books (Photo: CNS)

New Testament scholar the Rev Richard Burridge is awarded prize alongside German lay theologian

Pope Francis at a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Better to seek divine treasures such as goodness and love that are stored in heaven, says Pope

Jean Vanier pictured in 2008 (Photo: CNS)

Jean Vanier to receive award that in the past has honoured Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day and Lech Walesa

A man reads a Braille text in Athens (AP)

Archbishop Tomasi says less than five per cent of world’s books available to the blind

Archbishop Nichols at the Citizens UK summit (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Archbishop tells Citizens UK summit the best example a father can give his children is to love and respect their mother

Niger troops stand guard outside the central prison at Niamey, Niger, after an attack by armed gunmen in early June (Photo: PA)

Archbishop Cartateguy raises concerns after spate of violent incidents

Cardinal Timothy Dolan  (CNS)

Bishops want Obama administration to ensure religious freedom is protected

Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Christians are able to address God directly as ‘Father’, says Pontiff

Benedict XVI, who was baptised Joseph, first approved the change (CNS)

Pope Francis confirmed the decision originally made by Benedict XVI