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The consistory to approve the canonisation of Blesseds Francisco and Jacinta Marto will take place on April 20

The superiors discussed the matter with the Pontiff on April 10 to discuss the steps being taken to ‘create communion among the different orders of the Franciscan family’

A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the suicide bombings that killed 45 people on Sunday

The deadly bombings at two churches on Palm Sunday came weeks before Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the country

Pope Francis said that the Church needed to hear the voices of young people

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St Peter’s Square at the start of Holy Week

The Vatican said that the Mass would be ‘strictly private’ for security reasons

The Pope made the comments at his general audience

Francis said the cross is a symbol of ‘the power of God who made himself sin to heal us’

Last month, Marie Collins resigned from the Vatican commission on sexual abuse