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Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si, will be published tomorrow

Pope Francis's new encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources (CNS)

The Archbishop of Huancayo says encyclical released this month will have ‘many critics’

St Francis with the Animals by Lambert de Hondt the Elder and Willem van Herp the Elder

St Francis didn’t think animals were ‘almost’ like us – he loved them because they had come from the hand of God

A detail from St Francis in Prayer by Caravaggio

St Francis was not above the magisterial teachings of the Church – and neither is the Pope

St Francis in Ecstasy by Caravaggio

How Franciscan is Pope Francis?

What perhaps we are not seeing from this Pope is the mystical and ecstatic characteristics of St Francis

Pope Francis greets the faithful crowding the square next to St Francis basilica, in Assisi

Minute-by-minute coverage of the historic visit to the birthplace of St Francis

Margaret Thatcher arriving at 10 Downing Street on May 4, 1979

She believed also in truth, in faith, and in hope where there was despair; and she prayed for these things, too.

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