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Pope Francis stands in front of the Holy Door, in the back of St Peter's Basilica (AP Photo/Andreas Solaro, Pool)

A new door opens

Mercy is absolutely at the heart of the Catholic faith, both doctrine and practice

Nuns holding the Vatican and Benin's national flags kneel as they wait to greet Pope Benedict XVI after his visit at the cathedral of Cotonou in the Africa's western coast country of Benin in 2011 (AP)

What Africa can teach Francis

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His Holiness would do well to listen and learn from the African Church, whose religious experience is arguably more authentic than that of the West

'Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean Catholic martyrs but it was not given adequate attention in the blogosphere'  (CNS)

If Catholic blogging is limited to Vatican politics and the personality of the Pope then it will run out of steam.