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Flowers and stuffed toys are placed at a makeshift memorial to honour the victims of the Nice lorry attack (AP)

The Pontiff offered ‘a paternal and fraternal embrace to all of France’ after the lorry attack in Nice

Cardinal Robert Sarah's comments have caused a liturgical earthquake (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

A staff member was ‘stunned’ to find herself opening the door to the Pope

Roses are attached at a barrier near the scene of the attack in Nice (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

French bishops have asked Catholics to pray for the victims and their families at Masses on Sunday

Cardinal Sarah celebrates Mass ad orientem: ‘There is no reason to oppose the return to a beautiful practice’ (Photo: Fr Lawrence Lew, OP)

We can have it both ways


Cardinal Sarah’s advice to priests to celebrate Mass facing east, rather than towards the congregation, has caused uproar in Rome. Yet a simple compromise is available

Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS)

Commentators have debated the Vatican’s ‘rebuke’, Latin translation and the future of the liturgy

Rescuers works at the scene of a train accident after two commuter trains collided head-on near the town of Andria, Italy (AP)

In a telegram, Francis entrusted the protection of the 23 people killed in the crash in the south of Italy to the Virgin Mary

Pope Francis

The Vatican on Monday released the itinerary for the Caucasus trip which begins on September 30

A nun holds an Argentine flag during Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Cuba (AP)

The anniversary offers a chance for older and younger generations to continue ‘the pursuit of Argentina’s destiny’, the Pope has said

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, during a private meeting in May (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Acting on Pope Francis’s wishes, a Vatican official is in Cairo to visit al-Azhar University