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Pope Francis celebrates Mass with 300 of his Jesuit confreres at the Church of the Gesu in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

How Francis can save the Jesuits

The world’s largest male religious order is suffering an identity crisis and a decline in vocations. Can the first Jesuit pontiff lead it out of the doldrums?

Pope Francis shares a word with Bishop Bruno Forte, Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Bishop Frangiskos Papamanolis (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

What will the Pope say? His friends tell us

Francis has steadily prepared the Church for change. It’s foolish to ignore the signs

A Mexican soldier stands guard outside Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (Photo: CNS)

Papal team are investigating Ciudad Juarez in advance of the Pope’s February trip

Pope Francis blesses the faithful at the end of the  general audience (AP)

At his general audience, Pope Francis gave the latest in his series of talks on family life

The UN will send hundreds of troops to Central African Republic  ahead of next month's elections (AP)

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the war-torn country later this month

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he exits the Baptistry in Florence (AP)

‘I want a happy Church with the face of a mother, who understands, accompanies, caresses,’ Holy Father tells Italian Catholics

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

‘Homilies should be the transmission of God’s grace,’ Holy Father says as he ordains new auxiliary bishop of Rome

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

The business of interpreting the Holy Father has become a full-time job for some commentators, and it is hard to see who, apart from them, benefits

A Church of the poor?  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Is the Church rich? It depends

But there is one country where the Church seems to be very wealthy

Pope Francis waves during a private audience with members of Italy's pro-life movements at the Vatican (CNS)

Never tire of defending those ‘who have the right to be born to life’, Francis tells activists