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Pope Francis (AP)

Comments made by Pontiff to leaders of religious orders in November published by Jesuit journal

Fr Federico Lombardi,  told journalists that McKinsey would consider how to coordinate or integrate the many different outlets  (PA)

The Vatican has hired two international consulting agencies

The people and the stories making the news in what was a momentous year for the Church

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

Experts praise new Vatican financial laws

Moneyval also requests Vatican bank inspection

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff says it is a disgrace that people end up being ‘thrown away and abandoned’

Nelson Mandela greets John Paul II  in Johannesburg in 1995 (AP)

Catholics supported former South African president’s struggle against apartheid

Pope Francis with his Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Reforms will seek ‘a renewal that will truly be a service to the Universal Church’

Key points of Evangelii Gaudium

In his first apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis publicly laid out what he wants to focus on during his pontificate

Pope Francis  (AP)

Francis lays out vision for outreach at every level of Church

Archbishop Rino Fisichella  (CNS)

Apostolic exhortation an ‘invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality’