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Kenneth F Hackett, new US ambassador to the Holy See,  presents his credentials to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Kenneth F Hackett fills diplomatic post that has been empty for a year

Pope Francis greets members of the Lutheran World Federation (Photo: CNS)

Pope says the two sides must ‘confront the historical reality of the Reformation’

Pope Francis (AP)

Catholic media professions can ‘read reality in a spiritual key’, Francis says

Pope Francis meets Argentine boxer Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez during his general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday (CNS)

Sergio Martinez gives Pope replica of his WBC middleweight belt

(CNS)

English translations have helped Catholics better understand the sacraments they share, says Pope

Pope Francis  (AP)

Francis calls on faithful not to forget old clergymen and women

Pope Francis greets head of German bishops' conference during private audience at Vatican (CNS)

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch said he was “strengthened and encouraged” by his talks with Pope Francis

Pope Francis shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (CNS)

Abbas told Pope Francis he hopes to sign a peace deal soon

Pope Francis at today's general audience (AP)

The Holy Father reflects on nature of the Church in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis (AP)

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