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A banner of St Kateri Tekakwitha hangs from the facade of St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Throughout her short life, St Kateri Tekakwitha suffered so that she could pursue her calling as a bride of Christ

Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who died on Saturday (CNS)

Italian Cardinal Biffi dies at 87

Pope Francis said the cardinal guided his flock with ‘zeal and wisdom’

Francis greeting Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square last September (CNS)

Francis has reduced his schedule for the summer months

Pope Francis on board a flight to Sri Lanka (CNS)

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Franciscan Father Michael Perry (CNS)

Pope Francis will release his encyclical on the environment on Thursday

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, Poland, right, speaking with Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne at last year's synod on the family (CNS)

Polish Church delegates will ‘stick to the understanding of Paul VI and John Paul II’, according to a bishops’ conference spokesman

Benedict XVI assisted by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, left, and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household (CNS)

Book containing claims about aliens passed on to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Benedict XVI pictured in Cuba in 2012 (CNS)

Summary of letter from the Pope Emeritus to Cardinal Bertone published by Italian newspaper

Cardinal George (Photo: CNS)

Always the smartest man in the room

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was one of the clearest thinkers and most direct speakers in the hierarchy of the US Church

Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday with his brother Mgr Georg Ratzinger, right, and fellow Bavarians (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Leading the doubters back home

Benedict XVI helped rescue the scriptures from becoming lifeless history