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President Michael D Higgins presented Pope Francis with a commissioned sculpture to signify a ‘call to action’ on climate change

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