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The prisoners were selected according to the nature of their crimes and their behaviour while in prison

The cardinal said there was a tradition of issuing a formal correction if a Pope is in error

The Pope’s statement to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops on the fifth Encuentro, a period of reflection and focus on Latino Catholics

The Pope sent a video message to the US bishops’ autumn conference

The Pope wrote a message a United Nations convention on climate change

The meeting comes two years after Germany defeated Argentina in the World Cup final

The full text of the four cardinals’ letter, preceded and followed by their explanatory notes, is below:

Francis invited homeless people to one of his last Masses held during the Year of Mercy

The boat ‘represents tradition’ as well as the reality of migrants crossing the Mediterranean

National and state-level votes suggest the hierarchy may be losing touch with its people