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Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal has clashed with the ‘tyrannical’ regime in Venezuela (CNS)

The Church tilts south

With both the Pope and the Jesuit superior general now hailing from Latin America, the centre of Catholic gravity has truly shifted

There are around 1.2 billion Catholics in the world today; by 2050 it may be 1.6 billion (CNS)

Catholicism’s incredible growth story

Critics keep announcing the Church’s imminent demise. If only they realised that numbers have doubled since 1970 – and are still rising

Pope Francis

In a video message, the Holy Father said mercy is not just a ‘theory’ but something we live by remembering our own sins

Colombians celebrate the agreement between FARC and Colombia's government, in Bogota (AP)

A peace deal has been reached in Colombia which will see the end to the longest internal armed conflict in the western hemisphere

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro giving Pope Francis a gift in 2013 (AP)

Opposition leader Ernesto Samper will ask Pope Francis to send a representative to the country

Former Guatemalan Army Captain Byron Lima Oliva, centre, was sentenced in 2006 to 20 years in prison (AP)

Byron Lima was imprisoned for the murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, who was a critic of military abuses during the country’s civil war

Archbishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto

The Archbishop of Paraiba said he made the mistake of being too trusting

Colombian opposition led by former President Alvaro Uribe protest against the government  (AP)

Catholic priests have ensured the voices of the victims of Colombia’s civil war have been heard at peace talks in Cuba

Protesters are blocked from marching in Caracas, Venezuela (Photo: AP)

From Venezuela to Libya charismatic leaders have led their people down a blind alley

The book 'Half Monks, Half Soldiers' stands for sale at a bookstore in Lima, Peru,  (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Leaders of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae declared Luis Fernando Figari ‘persona non grata’ after the allegations