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Pope Francis talks with cardinal Angelo Sodano as they arrive for a special consistory with cardinals and bishops, in the Synod hall at the Vatican where he will brief them on curial reform (PA)

Madeleine Teahan speaks with Vatican observer Fr Mark Drew

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis addresses College of Cardinals ahead of closed session in the synod hall

A choir of friars singing at a ceremony honouring St Francis (CNS)

Brother Michael A Perry explains ‘grave situation’ in letter

Cardinal Rodriguez (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Rodriguez says the reorganisation of the Curia is a ‘normal process’

Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Walsh of New York catches up on some admin (Photo: CNS)

Without good administration, charity and justice become impossible. Church leaders should look to the example of King Solomon

Pope Francis greets the Pope Emeritus at Castel Gandolfo (CNS)

Change at the Vatican will follow as the Pontiff’s implements his vision of ‘a poor Church for the poor’

Pope Francis greets parishioners outside Sant'Anna church (CNS)

The Pontiff’s ‘Italian identity’ and a wise choice of Secretary of State will help bring about change at the Vatican

The Archbishop of Canterbury strikes the West Door of Canterbury Cathedral

The ecumenical process will be enlivened by the Pontiff and archbishop having some spirited rows

According to the US columnist John Allen, Pope Benedict XVI will soon have named 21 of the 25 most senior officials in the Church (Photo: PA)

The bishops’ conferences could soon be beginning to look very different

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims during his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Pope names 24 new cardinals

List includes a large number of Italians but not Archbishop Nichols of Westminster or Archbishop Dolan of New York