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Ruth Kelly, former Labour minister (PA)

The former Labour minister will be pro-vice chancellor for research and enterprise

Pope Francis has  established a new Secretariat for Communications (CNS)

Pope Francis said that the Holy See would respond more effectively to the needs of the Church

Pope Francis greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a canonisation ceremony in St Peter's Square earlier this year (PA)

Archbishop Gallagher makes call for two-state solution ‘as soon as possible’

Pope Francis with members of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope urges members of Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy ‘to have the courage to move away from the margins of safety’

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi (CNS)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi has said that Europe is practicing a policy of contradictions

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