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Pope Francis (AP)

Pope will preside over Mass at Basilica of Sant’Agostino on Wednesday

Civilians amid the rubble after shelling in Aleppo (CNS)

Pope Francis calls again for an end to the fighting in Syria

A conference on trafficking held in Rome last year (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

A working group will examine ways to prevent trafficking and help victims

'When we use our tongue to speak badly of our brother or sister, we use it to kill God' (Photo: CNS)

The Pope’s famous phone call to an Italian teenager is more significant than we first thought

Pope Francis (AP)

The original statue of Our Lady of Fatima to be brought to the Vatican for Marian celebration

Blessed John Paul II (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis to make announcement on September 30

Benedict XVI prays in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during a candlelight vigil at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal (CNS)

The future Pope Benedict published a fraudulent text, these people say, to deceive the Faithful. Also, consecrating the whole world didn’t somehow include Russia. Strange, or what?

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi carry a protester injured during clashes with riot police and the army in Cairo (PA)

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Egypt

Pontiff prays for victims after violent crackdown in Cairo

Cardinal Timothy Dolan  (CNS)

There have also been scandals implied about some of those he has appointed: the truth of these has been denied by his spokesman, but the gossip persists

Pope Francis receives a gift from Italy's Gianluigi Buffon, and Argentina's Lionel Messi at the Vatican (CNS)

Lionel Messi hails “one of the most special days of my life”