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Pope Francis in silhouette during a private audience today (AP)

Pope Francis is sometimes unnerving. But he is after all the Pope, the Vicar of Christ. To some Catholics who claim to defend orthodox belief that means nothing

Copies of the Financial Times Deutschland outside a newsagent in Frankfurt (AP)

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Benedict XVI arrives for this morning's general audience (AP)

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

Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl yesterday (CNS)

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

Italian Police and Coast Guard officers carry an injured refugee as he arrives on the Italian island of Lampedusa (CNS photo/Vincenzo Tersigni, Reuters)

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

The late Cardinal Hume was presented with the Order of Merit by the Queen (Photo: PA)

Cardinal Hume was wrong to seek respectability within the English Establishment

Theologian says Benedict XVI vindicated the English martyr

Westminster Hall (Photo: PA)

His address to the Queen will be equally historic, but it’s the one at the Palace of Westminster which will have a lasting impact

This year’s feast of St Thomas More has more significance than ever, says Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith