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Bishop-designate Paolo Bizzeti (CNS)

Pope Francis’s nomination of Fr Paolo Bizzeti has been announced by the Vatican

Chinese Catholics pray during a 2014 Mass in Beijing (CNS)

Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi says ordinations are example of the government tightening its control over the Church.

Pope Francis holds a cake he received from a newly married couple during his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican today (CNS)

In his general audience, Francis continued his series of talks about the family in anticipation of September’s celebration of the World Meeting of Families

Afghan children are seen in late May at a temporary shelter in an internally displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Balkh province, Afghanistan (CNS)

Pope Francis has chosen ‘Overcome indifference and win peace’ as the theme for the Church’s celebration on January 1

The Sistine Chapel Choir will record the hymn (CNS)

Paul Inwood was among 90 composers to submit a composition to the Vatican

Pope Francis delivers his message during his general audience this morning (PA)

Pope Francis said today that divorced and remarried Catholics were still part of the Church

La Civilta Cattolica published an interview last week with Cardinal Cottier (CNS)

Cardinal Georges Cottier has called for a merciful approach ahead of the family synod

Pope Francis is helped by basketball players to keep the balance of a ball during a meeting with the members of the Italian Sports Center in St. Peter's Square [PA]

Rome is one of four cities to have already launched their bid for the 2024 Olympic Games

Pope Francis addresses a workshop on climate change and human trafficking attended by mayors from around the world in the synod hall at the Vatican [CNS]

Pope Francis urged city mayors to make concrete changes by pressuring leaders above them

Cologne Cathedral (CNS)

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