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Francis urges priests and bishops to maintain ‘evangelical closeness’ to their flocks

The Council of Cardinals pondered a ‘more systematic’ way to involve lay people in appointments, a Vatican spokesman said

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The White House has announced it will enhance enforcement of immigration laws and prevent further unauthorised immigration into the US

Fr Rene Robert, from Florida, was murdered in April

John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio was clear on the matter – and in line with Church teaching

26 bishops visited the Vatican for the ‘ad limina’ visit

Francis writes to world’s bishops on the feast of the Holy Innocents

Historic talks between Vatican and Beijing could unify the Church in China but critics say a deal with an atheist government would ‘betray Christ’

The Church has faced state interference with bishop appointments long before China – now is not the moment to bow to political pressure