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Pope Pius XII, pictured in 1943, preparing to give a radio address (CNS)

Mark Riebling’s Church of Spies is an exciting Vatican thriller that doesn’t quite add up

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on Tuesday (Photo: AP)

Iranian leaders may fawn over Pope Francis in public, but privately they see the Holy See as a useful tool for achieving their global ambitions

Pope Francis shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican (AP)

Pope Francis met with President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2016 has been published by the Vatican

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a news conference in Tehran (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/01/16

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

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pietro Maso killed his parents 25 years ago in a case that shocked Italy

The lady gave birth yesterday morning in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The woman has been offered a place at a women’s shelter run by the Missionaries of Charity

A pro-ISIS demonstration in Mosul (PA)

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue spoke at the inaugural Arab Thinkers’ Forum

Mgr Nunzio Scarano (AP)

Mgr Nunzio Scarano was found not guilty of involvement in a huge tax evasion plot

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco during a private audience at the Vatican, (Filippo Monteforte/Pool photo via AP)

The Pope and the Prince discussed global issues including the migrant crisis and the Middle East