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US Cardinal Raymond  Burke, patron of the Knights of Malta (CNS)

Cardinal Burke says that ‘through sound family life, our society will be transformed’

Vladimir Putin pushes the myth about the way Russia is being encircled by the West (PA)

Benedict XVI spoke presciently about the ‘dictatorship of relativism’

Archbishop Gänswein looks on as the Pope Emeritus meets Francis after the conclave (CNS)

The Pope Emeritus experiment is working

Two years ago Benedict XVI became the first Pope Emeritus in the Catholic Church’s history. Thanks to his wisdom and restraint the historic innovation hasn’t led to disaster

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis’s message to the faithful released by the Vatican today

Pope Francis speaking to a reporter on board his flight from Manila (CNS)

Francis will also visit Philadelphia and New York during his September trip to the US

A bust of Pope Pius IX at an exhibition in Florida (PA)

Those who ridicule the Syllabus have clearly never read it – it’s a handy guide to avoiding doctrinal blunders

Pope Francis is pictured during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 08/12/14

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

René Brülhart, the first lay chairman of the Vatican Financial Information Authority (CNS)

In an exclusive article Cardinal George Pell explains his mission to sort out the Vatican’s finances

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI (CNS)

The doomsayers are crushed

It is a testimony to the strength of the Church that most of the faithful have persevered through this era of informal official atheism

The Dreamland site in Margate, Kent (PA)

Margate is worth a Latin Mass

Like Margate, the Church faces difficulties as a result of changes made in the first half of the 1960s