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Barack Obama meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on March 27, 2014 (AP)

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Chris Patten (PA)

British peer offers scathing critique of the Holy See’s current communications structures

Vatican employees take part in a rosary procession in the Vatican gardens (Photo: CNS)

At the Vatican City State the number of women workers has doubled

Ukrainian soliders near Debaltseve, which was this week captured by pro-Russian forces (CNS)

The meeting in Rome follows strong criticism from Ukrainians of Francis’s portrayal of the conflict

Pope Francis at the Vatican (CNS)

The Vatican balance sheet ought not to be a matter of global interest, for its fortune is relatively small

A detail from St Francis in Prayer by Caravaggio

St Francis was not above the magisterial teachings of the Church – and neither is the Pope

René Brülhart, the first lay chairman of the Vatican Financial Information Authority (CNS)

In an exclusive article Cardinal George Pell explains his mission to sort out the Vatican’s finances

Cardinal Parolin celebrates Mass. Below, he embraces Cardinal Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The Vatican number two was marking 100 years of diplomatic relations between Britain and Holy See

Iraqi refugees: British and Vatican officials will discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East (CNS)

Baroness Anelay’s visit will mark the centenary of relations being re-established

Cardinal George Pell: Vatican finances were allowed to 'lurch along, disregarding modern accounting standards' (CNS)

Cardinal George Pell offers candid account of financial reforms in an exclusive article in the first issue of the new Catholic Herald magazine