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Pope Francis presides at 
the family synod last October (mazur/

The letter that proved to be the turning point showed the Holy Spirit was at work in a most unexpected way

Pope Francis (CNS)

At the end of his general audience, Pope Francis begged fighters on both sides to allow civilians to be evacuated

Diego Maradona at the charity football match in Rome in 2014 (CNS)

The famous sportsman said the Pope was doing a ‘great job’ ahead of charity match in Rome

Pope Francis greets cardinals in 2014 (CNS)

What do we know about the new cardinals?

Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker, is depicted in stained glass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Staten Island, New York (CNS)

Today, the Catholic left is known for dissent. But we can hope for a politics that’s both radical and orthodox

Cardinal Robert Sarah was scheduled to open the academic year at John Paul II Institute (CNS)

Critics have suggested that the John Paul II Institute is being quietly changed under new leadership

Cardinals and Bishops attend a jubilee mass where the appointment of 17 new Cardinals was announced (AP)

The list of cardinals reads like a Prime Minister’s resignation honours list

Fr Louis Lougen was amongst delegates who met with the Pope

The Pope encouraged missionaries to keep mercy at the heart of their mission

Fr Ernest Simoni, soon to be made a cardinal, is embraced by Pope Francis in 2014 (CNS)

The Albanian priest – who was imprisoned and tortured for 28 years – is among 17 new cardinals

Archbishop Alexander Sample pictured in 2013 (AP)

US Archbishop seeks to correct misinterpretation of Amoris Laetitia in pastoral letter