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Pope Francis delivers his blessing while praying at a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome yesterday (CNS)

Francis also prays that Catholics have the courage ‘to go against the current’

Pop Francis speaking at the Vatican this week (CNS)

Francis has called on world leaders and people of faith to work together to rid the world of the threat of nuclear weapons

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis has given an exclusive interview to the Argentine daily La Nacion

Pope Francis (AP)

Pontiff describes women members of International Theological Commission as ‘strawberries on the cake’

René Brülhart, the first lay chairman of the Vatican Financial Information Authority (CNS)

In an exclusive article Cardinal George Pell explains his mission to sort out the Vatican’s finances

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI (CNS)

The doomsayers are crushed

It is a testimony to the strength of the Church that most of the faithful have persevered through this era of informal official atheism

The future Pope holds the hands of an elderly woman and a girl at a Mass in Buenos Aires in 2008 (CNS)

A book that sheds new light on the great mysteries of Pope Francis studies

Colonel Daniel Anrig, outgoing commander of the Swiss Guard, reviews 34 new recruits during their swearing-in ceremony (Photo: CNS)

News prompts speculation that Pope Francis was unhappy with rigid approach to discipline

Cardinal Parolin celebrates Mass. Below, he embraces Cardinal Nichols (Photo: Mazur/

The Vatican number two was marking 100 years of diplomatic relations between Britain and Holy See

Pope Francis delivers a speech at the European Parliament (PA)

The European Union is withering because it has uprooted itself, he says: unless it returns to God, its institutions are finished