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Pope Francis prays in front of the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a Marian vigil in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Francis says the month of May is a fitting time to start the habit of a daily rosary

Patriarch Kirill doesn’t want large sections of his flock looking westwards

The Russian Orthodox Church cannot afford to alienate Ukrainians as it bids for primacy within the Orthodox world

The statue has been brought to Rome from Portugal to mark Marian Day and the Vatican’s Year of Faith.

Pope Francis and the statue of Our Lady of Fatima (Photo: PA)

Ceremony held in front of 100,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis (AP)

The original statue of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to the Vatican for Marian celebration

Sister Lucia, who died in 2005 at the age of 97, was the oldest of three children who received apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima (CNS photo)

There are enough scandals for Catholics to worry about: no need to waste time on crackpot fantasies

Convent was established by Pope Pius XII