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Catholic leaders praise missionaries in Central African Republic

Priests and nuns have remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.

Thieves admit to stealing relic of Blessed John Paul II

Venerated piece of fabric stained with the late Pope’s blood still missing

Blood of Blessed John Paul II stolen from Italian church

Theory put forward that satanist group might be behind theft

Monsignor Scarano re-arrested over new charges

Vatican prelate, already under house arrest, accused of money laundering

Rape victim receives phone call from Pope

Francis told Alejandra Pereyra a letter she wrote him “touched his heart”

Pope Francis welcomes Argentine and Italian football stars to the Vatican

Lionel Messi hails “one of the most special days of my life”

Pope Francis meets Italian and Argentine football stars in Rome

Lionel Messi leads delegation ahead of friendly match

Pope Francis prays for pilgrims who died in Italian bus crash

Victims were returning to Naples after three-day pilgrimage to Catholic shrines

Holy Father sends message to centre for the blind

‘The healing of a visually impaired person has special symbolic meaning,’ says Pope

Pope Francis to canonise 800 Italians slain during historic siege

Pope’s first canonisation will recognise Blessed Antonio Primaldo and the townsfolk of Otranto