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A Katyń memorial: a priest was sent to the area to give the dead a Christian burial (AP)

A priest views the Second World War as ‘a holy war fought for multiple and mixed motives’

Lord Patten foresees ‘opposition and resistance’ to his blueprint for reform (Mazur/

Fresh from a tough stint at the BBC, Lord Patten was asked to help overhaul another media operation crying out for change – the Vatican’s. He seems haunted by the possibility of failure

Votes are cast in Friday's referendum (PA)

L’Osservatore Romano responds to Ireland’s vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelit vigil at the shrine in Portugal (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

“There is no fourth secret and there are no other hidden secrets,” says Cardinal Amato

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki oversaw the committee that drew up the German bishops' new labour law (AP)

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP/Gregorio Borgia)

Cardinal Gerhard Müller says bishops ‘have the obligation to prevent’ abuse

A scene from Shades of Truth, featuring Pius XII wearing a yellow Star of David

L’Osservatore Romano says Shades of Truth is ‘naïve’ and lacks credibility

Pope Pius XII pictured during a radio broadcast from the Vatican in 1947 (AP Photo/Luigi Felici)

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Pope Francis appeared to urge the bishops not to be drawn too deeply into politics (Photo: CNS)

The Pope offered prayers for the victims of a fatal Mediterranean crossing in early February

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis says worldly celebrations intoxicate ‘more than grappa on an empty stomach’