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Pope Francis arrives for a special audience with the UISG in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican (AP)

The drive for radical ‘reform’ could actually prevent the laity from gaining a more prominent voice

Pope Francis embraces Cheryl Tobin, who has stage IV cancer, during his general audience at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Cheryl Tobin, who has stage 4 cancer, said she was ‘overwhelmed with emotion’

Pope Francis greets Sister Carmen Sammut,  a Missionary Sister of Our Lady of Africa and president of the International Union of Superiors General (CNS)

Pope Francis said the question was ‘obscure’ and required study

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, seems to want closer relations with China (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

If the Vatican is to initiate closer relations with mainland China, in what way would this benefit country’s Catholic Church?

Archbishop Socrates Villegas (AP)

The president of the bishops’ conference said it was part of their vocation to speak out on political matters

Guillotine souvenirs (AP)

Blessed Solomon was executed after the state suppressed the Catholic Church

Christian missionaries with a Khasi tribal woman in Guwahati, India.  (CNS photo/EPA)

Pope Francis said that young people who are fed up with materialism should consider becoming missionaries

Pope Francis welcomes a young pilgrim before hearing confession in St. Peter's Square (CNS photo/Angelo Carconi, EPA)

Why does Amoris Laetita remind priests that Confession should not be torture?

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (CNS)

The participants at the Vatican meeting said Muslims and Christians share principles which help to form a peaceful society

Angela Merkel greets Pope Francis before the Charlemagne Prize presentation (AP)

Holy Father echoes Martin Luther King as he shares vision for continent