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He said that his selection reflects the Catholic Church’s universal nature

The Holy Father startled residents of Ostia, who had been expecting a parish priest

‘You are precious in God’s eyes, and you are precious to the Church,’ Pope Francis said

Research that destroys embryos is part of a ‘throwaway culture’, the Pontiff said

Fr Salvatore Perrella says the Church has not yet distinguished between the phases of a particular series of apparitions

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said a Sunday celebration will cause ‘less inconvenience’ in Rome

Callista Gingrich will have a delicate task. Her indefatigable husband could complicate things

The retired pope has given a rare endorsement of a serving Church official

Most of the great theologians have defended the principle of capital punishment. We’re in danger of forgetting why

‘Today, too, there is a great need of prayer and penance to plead for the grace of conversion, to plead for the end of so many wars that are all over the world’, the Pope said