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A French peacekeeping soldier patrols the streets of Bangui, Central African Republic (Photo: CNS)

Church leaders say visit will go ahead despite warning from French government officials

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has written a message to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

The glory of Easter is portrayed in "The Resurrection of Christ" by Italian Renaissance painter Mariotto di Cristofano (Photo: CNS)

Writer Mark Shea: ‘If the conquest of death is not a reason to be glad, what is?’

Investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Books by Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi claim to reveal financial mismanagement by the Vatican hierarchy

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