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Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

Pope says faithful should ask for the ‘grace of tears’ too

Fr Federico Lombardi briefs the media on Pope Francis' upcoming trip to Africa (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Neither will popemobile have bullet-proof shield, despite violence in country

Nuns holding the Vatican and Benin's national flags kneel as they wait to greet Pope Benedict XVI after his visit at the cathedral of Cotonou in the Africa's western coast country of Benin in 2011 (AP)

What Africa can teach Francis

His Holiness would do well to listen and learn from the African Church, whose religious experience is arguably more authentic than that of the West

Flowers lay outside the Carillon cafe, a site of last Friday's attacks in Paris (AP)

Only Christianity can rescue Europe

Some have seized on attacks by Islamists to smear all religions by association. But the Christian faith can play a key role in awakening the West from its slumber

Pope Francis with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square (AP)

The Holy Father is never afraid to show that he defers to Our Lady

Missionaries of Charity pray beside the tomb of Mother Teresa (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/11/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis blesses a child at a general audience (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/11/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

The US Embassy is illuminated with the colors of the French national flag in Paris, Monday Nov. 16, 2015, after a series of coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 120 people and injured over 350 last Friday. (Dominique Faget/Pool Photo via AP)

‘Terror always seeks to separate us from those we most love,’ the US Catholic bishops said

Pope Francis prays during a visit to the Lutheran church, in Rome (AP)

The social teaching of the Church is often described as a ‘seamless garment’ and this is even more true of the sacraments

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to United States, listens to remarks at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual autumn meeting (AP)

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano received two standing ovations