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Bishop Egan has received criticism for his comments last week (Mazur)

To witness to the truth in public is to invite a backlash from those who are offended or angered by it. But sometimes there is no alternative.

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Pope Francis goes to Confession in St Peter's Basilica

Holy Father launches 24-hour Festival of Forgiveness at St Peter’s Basilica

Holy Father launches 24-hour Festival of Forgiveness in Rome and around the world

Pope Francis hears the confession of a young woman during World Youth Day in Rio (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff asks clergy to welcome penitents ‘with the love of a father’

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem (CNS)

Holy Father will visit presidents, prime ministers and refugees

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst  (PA)

The Vatican is acting with unusual determination in the ‘bishop of bling’ case

Pope Francis meets with President Obama

Pope Francis welcomed President Obama to the Vatican for a private meeting during which they were expected to discuss issues of social justice

Pope Francis and Barack Obama meet for the first time Below: The Pope and the president exchange gifts, plus a video of the meeting (PA, RomeReports)

President Obama has visited the Vatican for a private meeting with the Pope

Secrets of the Vatican aired last night on Channel 4 (CNS)

Secrets of the Vatican asks some worthy questions but makes sweeping statements at points