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Kenneth F Hackett, new US ambassador to the Holy See,  presents his credentials to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Kenneth F Hackett fills diplomatic post that has been empty for a year

The Vatican's outgoing Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone with Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis acknowledges Cardinal’s contribution to the Holy See in short ceremony

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

The Institute for the Works of Religion earned €86.6 million in 2012, independently audited reports shows

The flags of the Holy See and Great Britain

Statement issued after official visit to Rome by delegation of British Ministers

Irish leader Enda Kenny Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP/Press Association Images

Closing the embassy makes no economic logic – rather it is down to a ‘cooling of relations’

Police clash with looters during the London riots

As the psalmist declaimed, ‘it is a people that do err in their heart’. We do need a ‘Big Society’: but on what will it be built?

After a groundbreaking meeting, Malaysia now has diplomatic relations with the Vatican. The country’s prime minister Najib Abdul Razak met with the Pope on Monday at Castel Gandolfo

Robert Mugabe receives Holy Communion at the beatification Mass in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

The Vatican is a Church; on what grounds can it ban someone from coming to Mass?

The three former Anglican bishops are pictured during their ordination as Catholic priests in Westminster Cathedral today (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The Holy See issues a communique to mark the establishment of the world’s first personal ordinariate

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his annual 'state of the world' address to diplomats yesterday (AP Photo/Alessia Pierdomenico, Pool)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/01/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church