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The current vicar, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, is two years beyond retirement age

39 girls were killed and others injured in a blaze that began in a youth shelter after mattresses were set alight

Reports in Italy claim Francis will visit Cairo’s Al-Azhar, the leading centre of learning of Sunni Islam, in May

The trip will begin on September 6, the country’s president and nuncio have announced

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has congratulated Francis on the fourth anniversary of his election

A Francis resignation seems unlikely – but then he is the ‘Pope of surprises’

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The Pope said we have to be attentive to ‘when the Holy Spirit demands something’

The cardinal also told America magazine that Pope Francis was ‘one of the toughest people I’ve met’

Pope Francis and ten members of the curia are into the fourth day of their Lenten retreat