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Cardinal Pell, centre, with Jean-Baptise de Franssu, president of the Vatican bank, and former president Ernst Von Freyberg (Photo: CNS)

Just because funds were off balance sheet does not mean they were ‘illegal, illicit or poorly administered’, says Fr Lombardi

The award honours Fr George Hunt, America magazine's longest-serving editor (Photo: CNS)

America magazine to honour former editor

Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska

Parish staff discovered overturned pews, toppled furniture and debris in the sanctuary

A picture of Pope Francis inside Manila Cathedral, where he will celebrate Mass on January 16 (CNS)

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A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

George Osborne, left, and Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander on their way to the Commons (Photo: PA)

Head of CSAN suggests George Osborne neglected issue of in-work poverty

Women religious attend a meeting of the US bishops' conference (Photo: CNS)

Report was completed two years ago but not made public

Bishop Kevin Doran and Bishop Liam MacDaid (Photo: Brenda Drumm CCO)

Irish bishops issue booklet on marriage ahead of referendum in six months’ time

A winter coat is removed from a baby in Syria before she is vaccinated (PA)

Archbishop says his people are ‘heroes of the faith’ but face a Christmas of anguish and neglect

The Royal Courts of Justice, where the Court of Appeal sits. Judges ruled that an unborn baby was 'not a person' (Photo: PA)

Court rejects compensation claim from disabled child whose mother drank heavily during pregnancy

Colonel Daniel Anrig, outgoing commander of the Swiss Guard, reviews 34 new recruits during their swearing-in ceremony (Photo: CNS)

News prompts speculation that Pope Francis was unhappy with rigid approach to discipline