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Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Mazur)

Francis makes announcement during Angelus address

CafePress sells papal paraphernalia for the whole family, including the dog

Popular items include Pope Francis ‘onesies’, T-shirts, cufflinks, shot glasses, and cocktail shakers

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in 2009

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/01/14

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

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims during the Angelus yesterday (AP)

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'Much of the excitement in the press derives from the conviction that Francis is a Pope of change'

In 2014 the Pope must play his role as teacher of the faith with clarity and courage

Robert Hugh Benson, author of Lord of the World

Pope Francis referred to the apocalyptic fable, The Lord of the World, in November and Benedict XVI also frequently cited it

The two leaders pray together in the Mater Ecclesiae chapel

The people and the stories making the news in what was a momentous year for the Church

Archbishop Vincent 
Nichols (Photo: Mazur/

‘It is a privilege to assist in the important task of appointing bishops,’ said the Archbishop of Westminster

Pope Francis (AP)

The widespread appeal of Pope Francis, named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013, must not be wasted