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Only the Pope can address the real problem with the Holy See’s outdated media operation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

Marie Collins, right, is a member of the papal commission (PA)

Marie Collins among eight members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Cardinal Parolin announced that the Vatican would not be hiring and over-time was banned (CNS)

Fr Federico Lombardi is trying to allay fears about redundancies as best he can

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising (AP)

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Medallions of Francis and Benedict XVI at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls

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Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

But the Holy See will respond to justified criticisms with ‘courage and determination’, according to statement