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St Peter Freed by an Angel (1639) by Spanish Tenebrist painter Jusepe de Ribera

An American author makes an admirable attempt to shed light on a confusing period in papal history

Pope Francis venerates what are believed to be the relics of St Peter (Photo: CNS)

After the Mass Pope Francis handed out copies of his first apostolic exhortation

The relics of St Peter on the altar in St Peter's Square yesterday (AP)

Every day we witness the fruits of St Peter’s extraordinary labour

Pope Francis prays in Clementine Chapel, the place closest to the tomb of Peter (Photo: CNS)

The relics will be venerated to mark the end of the Year of Faith

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/11/2013

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

The imposing statue of St Peter outside St Peter’s Basilica (CNS)

St Peter the Apostle (June 29) was the first Bishop of Rome

A commentary on this Sunday’s readings

Pope Francis greets bishops inside St Peter's Basilica (Photo: PA)

Vigilance against the wiles of Satan, who roams the earth, seeking whom he may devour, is fundamental to the faith of the New Testament

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

Bishop Mark Davies issues warning in homily to Union of Catholic Mothers

Third Sunday of Easter, Acts 5:27-32, 40-41; Ps 30; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19 (Year C)