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Meinrad Scherer-Emunds and his son, Stefan, have their photo taken in front of a life-size "Flat Francis" in Daley Plaza in Chicago last month (CNS)

A community rebuilt from the ashes

Classrooms exploded as the pupils stood at the windows, killing them instantly

The spectacular Room 50a at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

No one who visits the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Room 50A will leave thinking the Middle Ages were backward

Pope Francis is expected to release his encyclical in June (CNS)

The title is taken from a prayer written by St Francis of Assisi

Loving nature means loving God (CNS)

A proper love of Creation is firmly rooted in the Bible

'The Pope is austere but not puritanical: a rare combination that explains his popularity' (CNS)

Two new books take very different approaches to analysing Pope Francis

The tomb of St. Francis of Assisi. It's the first time the manuscripts have ever left Italy (CNS)

Collection of manuscripts have not left Italy for 700 years

Pope Francis, as cardinal of Buenos Aires, washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users (CNS)

As well as the Pope, Catholics can also take their lead from Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who resigned this year (CNS)

The German Church is superbly organised, but its coercive tax is weakening the Catholic faith

Fr Benedict Groeschel appears on EWTN (CNS)

Founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal dies aged 81

The Holy Hour attracted 2,000 Catholics (CNS)

Archbishop praises ‘powerful witness of faith’ in Oklahoma