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Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica last year (CNS)

The Holy Father will be taking part in the annual 24 Hours for the Lord initiative on March 13 at St Peter’s Basilica

US Cardinal Raymond  Burke, patron of the Knights of Malta (CNS)

Cardinal Burke says that ‘through sound family life, our society will be transformed’

Pope Francis preaches during Mass at Ognissanti parish in Rome (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Pontiff says Blessed Paul VI ‘inaugurated the liturgical reform’ with Mass in 1965

Pope Francis elevates the chalice during a Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome (Photo: CNS)

The Pope will visit the parish in Rome where Blessed Paul VI celebrated his first public Mass in Italian

Sir Martin Gilbert remained serene before the record of history

A friend who told us the truth

Sir Martin Gilbert was granted the greatest gift that a biographer could ask for, a subject truly heroic to write about

Jesuit Fr Alexis Prem Kumar, who was released last month (CNS)

Indian Jesuit abducted in Afghanistan last year says the voice of Pope Francis was consoling

Pope Francis during an encounter with the elderly in September (CNS)

Francis says it is ‘easy to put our consciences to sleep’ and not visit parents for months at a time

Blessed Louis and Marie Zélie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Thérèse of Lisieux  (CNS photo/courtesy of Sanctuary of Lisieux)

Relics of Blessed Louis and Blessed Zélie Martin are to tour Portsmouth and Plymouth in May

Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

Separate statutes for the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy and a ‘general auditor’s office’ announced

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag during a march in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

Aid is being sent to families who fled their homes when ISIS raided Assyrian villages on the Khabur River in north-east Syria