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Cardinal Müller: pulls no punches (AP)

Cardinal Müller’s balancing act

The Vatican doctrinal chief may be a hard taskmaster, but he has an instinct for finding common ground. Can he heal the Church’s divisions?

Pope Francis at Mass on January 1. What will 2017 bring? (CNS)

Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017

Pope Francis (AP)

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for prisoners killed in recent riots in Brazil

Pope Benedict XVI's word seems prophetic in retrospect (PA)

In 1970 Joseph Ratzinger predicted the Church’s declining influence in the world

Members of the LGBT community hold placards during a protest rally in Bangalore, India (CNS)

The Church ‘has a big role to play’ in the pastoral care of the transgender community, according to the priest in charge of the outreach programme

Pope Francis greets Cheryl Tobin, who had stage IV cancer, during his general audience at the Vatican in May 2016 (CNS)

Cheryl Tobin was blessed by the Pope during a general audience in May

Pope Francis: (AP)

Widely shared quotes in which Francis calls for a merger of Christianity and Islam are ‘invented’, says spokesman

Pope Francis (AP)

The Liberal Theologian said the Pope wants to fulfil a request made by Brazil’s bishops

Pope Francis: 'We join in the pain of the victims and weep for this sin' (AP)

Francis writes to world’s bishops on the feast of the Holy Innocents

Pope Francis with the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing, during a private audience in 2014 (PA)

Fra’ Matthew Festing said the Order would follow the Pope at this ‘complex and difficult time’