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Pray that we don’t become an ‘ideological church’, says Pope

Pope Francis has hailed the example of St John the Baptist (AP)

Pope urges Church to imitate courageous witness of St John the Baptist

Spokesman says parts of Lourdes will be closed for months

Bishop Nicolas Brouwet of Tarbes and Lourdes talks to Francois Hollande during an emergency trip to Lourdes (Photo: CNS)

Grotto likely to be reopened in a few days but some churches and prayer rooms to remain closed

Brazilian bishops back peaceful protests as countdown to World Youth Day in Rio begins

A protester in Brazil holds a poster reading: 'We are many, we don't forget, we don't forgive, we wait' (AP)

Bishops’ conference expresses its ‘solidarity and support’ for protesters

Beware of clerics ‘who seek the episcopacy’, Pope urges nuncios

Pope Francis (AP)

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

Anglican Dean of King’s College wins Ratzinger Prize

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