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Cardinal Donald Wuerl (PA)

The cardinal argued that politics can be reduced to special interests unless it is guided by moral principles

The interior of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Rome is seen in this undated photo. The chapel is the only building at the Vatican designed by an American (CNS photo/courtesy of Astorino)

American architect of the Pope’s guesthouse chapel felt he became a ‘pencil in God’s hands’

Fra' Matthew Festing with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin in June (AP)

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Pope Francis tries to keep warm during this morning's general audience (AP)

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Cardinal Wuerl celebrates Mass in San Pietro in Vincoli Basilica in Rome (AP)

Cardinal Wuerl says politicians, the media and even Christians have remained silent about persecution of the faithful

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, pictured in 1987 (AP)

In 1985 Cardinal Ratzinger wrote a letter that eerily addresses the questions raised at the family synod

Pope Francis canonises Louis and Zélie Martin in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

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Pope Francis poses for a photo with a group of nuns after his weekly general audience (AP)

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Pope Francis's nominations for the synod have been revealed (CNS)

Cardinal Walter Kasper and retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels are among Pope Francis’s nominations

Cardinal Wuerl: 'Solidarity is expressed in works of generosity, forgiveness and reconciliation' (AP)

American churchman says ‘profound forces’ are neglecting the common good