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Mgr Krzysztof Charamsa and his partner Eduard, surname not given, pose for a photo as they leave a restaurant after a press conference in Rome (AP)

Doctrinal official says he ‘is happy and proud of his identity’ at press conference in Rome

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops' conference (CNS)

German, Swiss and French bishops wanted to ‘enrich thinking’ about the foundations of the synod

Carmelite Fr Bruno Secondin meets Pope Francis (

Fr Bruno Secondin will preach to Curia on the theme ‘Servants and Prophets of the Living God’

Ethiopian Cardinal-designate Souraphiel Below: Cardinal-designate Soane Mafi from Tonga (CNS)

Cardinal-designate Berhaneyesus Souraphiel has said Ethiopia needs educated people to stay in the country

Maronite bishop prays during Mass at New York cathedral for safety of Orthodox leaders kidnapped in Syria (CNS)

Bishop Mansour said that Jesus was not a ‘passive victim’

Benedict XVI at this morning's general audience (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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