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Pope Francis with members of the Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Scandals, including those involving child abuse and the Vatican Bank, make the task of evangelisation harder

The Vatican's outgoing Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone with Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis acknowledges Cardinal’s contribution to the Holy See in short ceremony

Pope Francis (AP)

Meeting to discuss subject of the family will be held in October 2014

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis indicates he will push ahead with reforms of Church governance in interview with La Repubblica

Pope Francis: the Church's priority is 'to heal wounds' (AP)

Fr Antonio Spadaro has given us rich new insights into the Holy Father

Pope Francis covered topics including Curial reform and gay marriage in interview

Pope Francis gives exclusive interview to Jesuit priest

Pope Francis (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/09/13

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'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

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 embraces Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in which Francis blessed a new statue of St. Michael the Archangel  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

The Holy Father sees the reform of the Roman curia as involving a great deal more than any mere inefficiency in its administration