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Nuns greet Pope Francis during his meeting with religious at the cathedral in Naples (CNS)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Naples’ iconic Piazza del Plebiscito

Fr Mario Dorsonville distributes ashes during an Ash Wednesday liturgy (CNS)

Bishop-designate Mario Dorsonville will assist Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl

People pray during a religious education congress in LA (CNS)

A new book shows that merciful priests who don’t water down the truth are vital for the Church

Pope Francis receiving the pizza

The Pope was travelling through Naples on Saturday

Women pray during a Mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki (CNS)

Pope speaks to bishops after celebrations in Japan marked the 150th anniversary of a group of ‘hidden Christians’ openly professing their faith

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has issued a letter in which he describes capital punishment as ‘cruel, inhumane and degrading’

Cardinal Keith O'Brien (PA)

The Church may be quite good at handing out punishments, but seems less good in letting some sinners know they are forgiven

Cardinal Keith O'Brien (Photo: CNS)

It is the first time a cardinal has taken such a step since 1927

Pope Francis will visit the US in September (CNS)

UN welcomes Pope’s historic visit

The Pope will address the UN on September 24

'The Pope is austere but not puritanical: a rare combination that explains his popularity' (CNS)

Two new books take very different approaches to analysing Pope Francis