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McBride's book included revelations about smearing

‘I can only apologise for the critical and unfair associations made,’ says former spin doctor

Cardinal Angelo Amato said the murder of Father Miroslav Bulesic was "particularly loathsome" (CNS)

Father Miroslav Bulesic was murdered by Communists amid upheaval after World War Two

Pope Francis (CNS)

Council of Cardinals gather in Rome for three days of talks with Pope on reform of the Vatican

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

The Institute for the Works of Religion earned €86.6 million in 2012, independently audited reports shows

Pope Francis addresses religious, political and cultural leaders from around the world on Monday (CNS)

Pope speaks to religious, political and cultural representatives ahead of visit to the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis indicates he will push ahead with reforms of Church governance in interview with La Repubblica

Pope Francis reads a speech during a meeting with catechists  in the Paul VI hall (CNS)

Pope Francis outlined three important points for catechists in an address on Friday

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst  (PA)

Bishop Tebartz-van Elst was accused of extravagance for building a £12.5 million diocesan centre

John Paul II was elected in 1978 and will be canonised next year

Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonised on April 27 2014

Man walks along battered street in Homs, Syria

In a letter released by ACN, Father Frans van der Lugt wrote about the desperate situation in Homs