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Japanese women bow in prayer (CNS)

Japanese Catholics make up less than one percent of the country’s population

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

Council of Cardinals advise Francis on reform of Vatican bureaucracy

Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz (CNS)

Archbishop Kurtz and Archbishop Skurla confirmed to be joining leadership of Congregation

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope renews Argentine passport

Argentine Embassy officials visit Francis at the Vatican

Pope Francis with his Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Council and Pontiff thought to be working on plans to reorganise Curia

Pope Francis (CNS)

Vatican ordered worldwide survey on ‘Pastoral Challenges in the Family’ ahead of synod

Pope Francis (CNS)

We have to go to Mass with humility, Pope Francis has said

Benedict XVI announcing his resignation at a meeting with cardinals on February 11, 2013 Below: The cardinals gather for the meeting, a video reflecting on the resignation and Benedict XVI at prayer (CNS, video via RomeReports)

A year ago Benedict XVI became the first pope to resign in 600 years. Here is Archbishop Leo Cushley’s moving eyewitness account of that day

Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

But the Holy See will respond to justified criticisms with ‘courage and determination’, according to statement

Pope Francis embraces a boy during World Youth Day 2013 in Brazil (CNS)

Francis tells young people Blessed John Paul II will be “the great patron of the World Youth Days”