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Priest walk to distribute Communion during Easter Mass in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The whole issue has acquired its own sense of urgency even though, on cool reflection, there is not a lot to base this on

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis was speaking during morning Mass on Tuesday

Italian actor Roberto Benigni holds a copy of The Name of God Is Mercy at the book's launch (CNS)

Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni was at the unveiling of a newly published book-length interview

Pope Francis pours water over the head of a baby as he celebrates the baptism of 23 babies in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis celebrated Mass to mark the feast day of Jesus’s baptism in the River Jordan

A special edition of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly paper,  released last week

L’Osservatore Romano is right to protest when Charlie Hebdo blames God for the carnage of last year

A Swiss Guard keeps watch as Pope Francis speaks during an audience with the Vatican diplomatic corps in 2015 (CNS)

The Pope spoke to members of the diplomatic corps in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Pope Francis discussed migration, terrorism and mercy during his annual address to diplomats

Pope Francis greets veteran Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli en route to Brazil in 2013 (CNS)

In The Name of God is Mercy, the Pontiff also addresses homosexuality, prisoners and Church corruption

'The Communion question carries an onerous and 
momentous responsibility' (Photo: AP)

The Pope’s agonising dilemma

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This year Francis must make one of the hardest choices any pope has faced for decades. Whatever he decides, there is likely to be great upheaval in the Church

Pope Francis greets family members presenting the offertory gifts as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

On the Feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis said that the thirst for God is present in everyone