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Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for a meeting with altar servers in St Peter's Square on Tuesday Below: Pope Francis holds hands with youths during the meeting (CNS)

Pope Francis speaks German to thousands of young pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

A selection of images from Paul Koudounaris’s new book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (Photo: CNS)

Over the next decade the archdiocese will merge 660 parishes into 150, each one served by three to five priests