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St John Paul II pictured during a visit to Paris in 1980 (CNS)

Melbourne’s John Paul II Institute is being shut down unexpectedly – the ramifications extend far beyond Australia

Pope Francis: (AP)

Francis says theologians should focus less on how people are going astray and more on helping them

The faithful gather in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference issued its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017

The Irish flag is seen in late March on top of the General Post Office in Dublin (CNS)

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Meeting is ‘The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World’

Gabriele Kuby, 2014 (Wikipedia, Derzsi Elekes Andor)

A play depicts a family campaigner as a zombie whose eyes are poked out. This is about more than one person’s good name

A family prays together before a meal at their Chicago home (CNS)

The office will be responsible ‘for the promotion of the life and apostolate of the lay faithful and the pastoral care of the family’

Cardinal Raymond Burke (CNS)

The cardinal said the transformation of the world begins in the family

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (PA)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the Pope hopes to attend but his participation cannot be confirmed at this stage

Cardinal Gerhard Müller with Pope Francis (CNS)

The cardinal said that if the Pope had wanted to change the discipline, he would have given a full explanation

Northern Irish pro-life campaigners at a protest in 2012 (PA)

Elections to Northern Ireland’s power-sharing assembly take place on Thursday