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Pope Francis handed out copies of his major new document in St Peter's Square on Sunday (PA). Below: Pope Francis handing out the document in St Peter's Square (Video via RomeReports)

During his electrifying pontificate Francis has shown what it means to be an evangeliser

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

Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who said more than 3,000 people leave religious life each year, with Pope Francis (CNS)

An immense debt is owed to the orders which have been the backbone of the Church’s mission for the last five hundred years

These days nuns are a rare sight in schools (AP)

The white veils and white gloves on feast days are now a distant memory

Blessed John Paul II  (CNS)

Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council

Archbishop Marini: 'The Council is not behind us. It still precedes us'  (PA)

Archbishop Marini says he feels ‘desire to experience anew the spirit of the Second Vatican Council’

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state (CNS)

Of course clerical celibacy isn’t a dogma; and Archbishop Parolin thinks that the Church is collegial when the Pope listens first and then decides

'The lack of thorough training in church music has led directly to the current serious situation' (CNS)

Congregations are tired of being patronised by dull music, but we must not hark back to a supposed ‘golden age’

Worshippers at Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, Surrey (PA)

Bishop urges faithful not to accept negative media image of Muslims

Pope Francis shakes hands with a boy before today's general audience (AP)

General audience focuses on the Church as a living body