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The decision to make the archives available was taken at the express direction of Pope Francis

The permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference issued its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Meeting is ‘The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World’

The Vatican is stepping up its diplomatic role in Venezuela’s national crisis

The Pope addressed 200 Jesuits at the order’s general congregation

Archbishop Christophe Pierre celebrated Mass along the Arizona-Mexico border

Visitors can now tour rooms in the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, including the Pope’s bedroom and private study

Francis told the faithful in St Peter’s Square he was ‘pained by the cold blooded murder’ perpetrated in the Iraqi city by the terrorists

The article in La Stampa is headlined ‘Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin’

The Church tilts south

With both the Pope and the Jesuit superior general now hailing from Latin America, the centre of Catholic gravity has truly shifted