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The Vatican has released the Pontiff’s annual message for the World Day of Peace

Patriarch Kirill led a sanctifying ceremony in the Saint Trinity Church

France’s diversity should be regarded as an opportunity to build a better world, Francis said

Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populists

The leaders said that additional funding will help respond to crises ‘that don’t make the headlines’

The priest faces a fine for blessing mayoral candidates at a Mass

The cardinal said if the Vatican cannot get a ‘good deal’ from the Chinese government then it must walk away from negotiations

At Mass, priests prayed for ‘an end to communism, especially in Cuba and Venezuela’

Catholic politician has promised to defend ‘French values’ if he is elected

Both Pontiff and President-elect have caused the press to exclaim ‘Did he really just say that?’