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A painting of St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales wrote with clarity about the extraordinary power of an apparently basic gesture

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with French President Francois Hollande during a private audience at the Vatican  (CNS)

Pope Francis and President François Hollande spoke today for 35 minutes

Pope Francis (Photo: AP)

He says he longs for ‘a Church that is poor and for the poor’

Cardinal Martini after celebrating his final Mass as Archbishop of Milan in 2002 (AP)

The cardinal was calling for a religious revival, not for the abolition of unpopular Church teachings

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And talk of Hell is not the best way to bring them back

Lesley-Anne Knight is the first female secretary-general of Caritas Internationalis (CNS photo/Cindy Wooden)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 03/03/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A plainclothes police officer examines the bullet-ridden car of Pakistan's Minister for religious minorities Shahbaz Bhatti (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 02/03/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

St Francis was a revolutionary in calling lay people towards sainthood

A document bearing Newman's coat of arms with the tag Cor ad cor loquitur beneath (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

It’s time to end the dispute over the meaning of Cardinal Newman’s tag