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Pope Francis at a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Pontiff denounces a cultural tendency ‘to discard’ the elderly

Pope Francis with Vinicio Riva

Vinicio Riva says he felt like he was in ‘paradise’ when the Pope embraced him

Pope Francis greeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in July (CNS)

As attendance at Mass and the confessional ‘soars’, his pastoral strategy is looking clearer; who knows? The ‘Francis effect’ may even prove durable

Pope Francis embraces Bishop Fernando Vergez during his episcopal ordination (CNS)

Pope Francis ordains Legionaries of Christ Bishop Fernando Vergez

The media has taken to Pope Francis (CNS)

Moral teachings do not change – only the way they are presented

Each box of ‘Misericordina’ contained a rosary

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is renowned for her fidelity and obedience (CNS)

Why are Catholics so disobedient?

None of us is immune from the temptation to dissent

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis has insisted countless times since his election that his pontificate is apolitical

Francis: A Christian Democrat of the Left (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Pope provides food for thought to all who in this country identify all religion with the political right

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis says Mary is ‘not a postmaster of the post office sending messages every day’