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Fr Robert Barron: the first Catholic priest who has truly mastered new media [CNS]

During the reign of Benedict XVI, blogging became a mighty instrument in the hands of conservative Catholics. But the medium soon revealed a darker side

Tourists helped the Vatican to achieve a surplus in 2014 (CNS)

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Firefighters hose water to put out the fire in the basilica in Nantes (PA)

A fire broke out at the church in France this morning

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (PA)

Umberto Eco famously declared that Macs are Catholic and PCs are Protestant. That analogy can also be applied to the two social media giants shaping the 21st century

Fr Lucie-Smith describes Facebook users as a congregation (PA)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith’s theory on social media’s religious divide is expressed in this week’s Catholic Herald

Cuba's President Raul Castro (PA)

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The Pope and president meet in 2014 (PA)

Twiplomacy study shows that the Pope’s ‘retweet’ and ‘favourite’ rate is more than eight times higher than the US president’s

The English version of the Pope's Twitter feed (CNS)

The Pope has accounts in a range of languages including English, Spanish and French

Pope Francis dries the foot of a toddler at Rebibbia Prison in Rome (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)

The Holy Father washes the feet of inmates in Rebibbia Prison in Rome