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A French soldier patrols near a burning house at a village in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CNS)

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

A broken glass of a niche where the reliquary with the blood of Blessed John Pail II was located Below: The reliquary

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

A priest carrying a vial containing the blood of Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

Theory put forward that satanist group might be behind theft

Mgr Scarano (Photo: PA)

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

'When we use our tongue to speak badly of our brother or sister, we use it to kill God' (Photo: CNS)

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

Pope Francis receives a gift from Italy's Gianluigi Buffon, and Argentina's Lionel Messi at the Vatican (CNS)

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

Lionel Messi leads delegation ahead of friendly match

People crowd a sport hall set up for the funeral service of some of the victims of Sunday's bus crash, in Pozzuoli, near Naples (Photo: PA)

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

Youths surround Pope Francis as he meets with students from Jesuit schools

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

People view relics of the martyrs in the Cathedral of Otranto (Photo: CNS)

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