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The people and the stories making the news in what was a momentous year for the Church

Archbishop Vincent 
Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

‘It is a privilege to assist in the important task of appointing bishops,’ said the Archbishop of Westminster

Pope Francis is presented with a gift by Matias Lammens, president of San Lorenzo in St Peter's Square, earlier this year Below: The Pope meets three homeless men at the Vatican on the morning of his birthday (CNS)

Pontiff has breakfast with group of homeless people on the morning of his 77th birthday

Pope Francis also said that he is not offended when some people call him a Marxist (CNS)

Pope Francis has said that women must not be “clericalised”

The Lord spoke to Elijah in the sound of silence Pope Francis said (CNS)

Love and tenderness is at the heart of the Christmas season, Pope Francis said

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff says it is a disgrace that people end up being ‘thrown away and abandoned’

Cardinal Oswald Gracias is one of the Pope's eight closest cardinal-advisers (AP)

One of the Pope’s advisers speaks out after Supreme Court in India restores ban on homosexual acts

Jesuit Father Michael Czerny (CNS)

Jesuit Father Michael Czerny denies claim made by Bishop Luigi Martella

Pope Francis (AP)

The widespread appeal of Pope Francis, named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013, must not be wasted

The Time magazine Person of the Year cover

‘Septuagenarian superstar’ Francis picked from shortlist that included Edward Snowden and Miley Cyrus