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A village woman shows a picture of Guo Jincai after his ordination as bishop by the Chinese state church in 2010. According to reports, the bishop will soon be recognised by the Vatican (AP)

A breakthrough may be near in the long-running dispute between the Vatican and China

Pilgrims hold a banner of St Ludovico Pavoni before the canonisation Mass (CNS)

Francis celebrated a canonisation Mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 12 (CNS)

At the end of his general audience, Pope Francis begged fighters on both sides to allow civilians to be evacuated

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Pope Francis is seen with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, and Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, EPA)

The Pope was speaking at the opening ceremony of a world conference on faith and sport hosted by the Pontifical Council for Culture

Mother Marie Adele Garnier (Photo: Courtesy of the Tyburn Nuns)

Mother Marie Adele Garnier, the foundress of the Tyburn Nuns, wrote of the Eucharistic miracle in a letter to a friend

South Korean activists shout slogans at an anti-nuclear rally (CNS)

Following North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, the Vatican fears for stability in the region

Seminarians relax at the Society of St Pius X seminary in Econe, Switzerland (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Seminaries need to be replaced with a new way of training our priests

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos gives a peace pin to  Farc commander Rodrigo Londono (AP)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin was speaking hours before the government and Farc rebels signed a historic peace deal

Pope Francis talks President Joseph Kabila  at the Vatican (AP)

Going against protocol, the Pope waited in his library for President Joseph Kabila