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Pilgrims gather around the statue of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje (AP/Amel Emric)

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The move is regarded as a breakthrough on clerical abuse because the new system gives power to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope gives Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith authority to hold bishops to account

Pope Frances talks to the media on board an airplane returning to Rome (Photo: AP)

Commission took four years investigating alleged apparitions at Medjugorje

Bishop Egan said children need a mother and a father ©Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Bishop Philip Egan defended marriage in an editorial for the Catholic Medical Quarterly

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelit vigil at the shrine in Portugal (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

“There is no fourth secret and there are no other hidden secrets,” says Cardinal Amato

Pope Francis meets representatives of Leadership Conference of Women Religious at Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

LCWR leaders met Pope Francis today as the Vatican announced the conclusion of the process

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP/Gregorio Borgia)

Cardinal Gerhard Müller says bishops ‘have the obligation to prevent’ abuse

Pope Francis said there was 'no place in ministry' for the abuse of minors or vulnerbale adults (CNS)

Francis has written to bishops’ conferences and religious orders across the world

Cardinal Reinhard Marx: 'The German bishops' conference wants to step up its pastoral outreach' (CNS)

Bishops appeal for change in report prepared for the first family synod

Pope Francis (AP)

Pontiff describes women members of International Theological Commission as ‘strawberries on the cake’