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Cardinals attend a consistory in the Vatican's Synod Hall in October  (CNS)

Francis will also gather the world’s cardinals in February to hear about progress in curial reform

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski (CNS)

Dominican Republic had requested meeting to discuss Archbishop Wesolowski

Turkish police check a nun's bag during the papal visit. The Year of Consecrated Life began on November 30 (AP)

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Former archbishop Jozef Wesołowski (CNS)

Józef Wesołowski could face a criminal trial under the laws of Vatican City State

A man walks past a sign in James Foley's hometown of Rochester (CNS)

Pontiff consoles family in Rochester, New Hampshire, after killing by Islamists

Pope Francis has sent an envoy to help Christians in Iraq (CNS)

Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Fernando Filoni to travel to the region to meet Christians chased from their homes by militants of the Islamic State.

Pope Francis with Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

Only the Pope can address the real problem with the Holy See’s outdated media operation

Fr Lombardi: Killings are 'a grave obstacle on the path towards peace' (AP)

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Fr van der Lugt

The murdered priest successfully highlighted the suffering of Syrians in a western media that has grown tired of the conflict

Pope Leo XIII is seen giving a blessing in a frame from an 1896 film in the Vatican Film Library (CNS)

The Vatican’s ‘Voices of the popes’ audio archive is a reason for rejoicing