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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’

The seal protects the dignity of the person, the official said (CNS photo illustration by Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Church officials try to remove misconceptions about the sacrament

Cardinal Gerhard Müller: 'We are not women gobblers!' (CNS)

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Pope Leo XIII crafted Latin riddles for Roman magazine (CNS)

Leo XIII created lengthy riddles, known as “charades,” which were published anonymously in a Rome newspaper

Lord Patten organised the UK Papal Visit of 2010

The Vatican has set up an 11 member committee to advise on communications

Benedict XVI (PA)

What we need is an intelligent application of the science of casuistry: after all, we have a Jesuit Pope: Jesuits are supposed to be good at it

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes comments in video message to residents in Buenos Aires’ shantytown

Cardinal Pell, centre, was named prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in February (CNS)

Archbishop of Sydney to oversee all financial operations of the Holy See

Pope Pius XII makes a radio broadcast in 1947 (AP)

Rabbi Dalin thinks that Pope Pius should be declared Righteous among the Nations: it would only be common justice if he were