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Cardinal Müller: pulls no punches (AP)

Cardinal Müller’s balancing act

The Vatican doctrinal chief may be a hard taskmaster, but he has an instinct for finding common ground. Can he heal the Church’s divisions?

Pope Francis at Mass on January 1. What will 2017 bring? (CNS)

Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017

Pope Francis (AP)

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for prisoners killed in recent riots in Brazil

Pope Francis greets Cheryl Tobin, who had stage IV cancer, during his general audience at the Vatican in May 2016 (CNS)

Cheryl Tobin was blessed by the Pope during a general audience in May

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St Peter's Square during a jubilee audience (AP)

There were two million fewer visitors compared to 2014, but slightly more than in 2015

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi Christmas day blessing (AP)

The Pope said his Christmas message ‘goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all peoples, especially those scarred by war’

Pope Francis waves to faithful prior to delivering the Urbi et Orbi Christmas day blessing from the main balcony of St Peter's Basilica (AP)

In his Urbi et Orbi blessing, the Pope called for an end to the fighting in Syria and other war-torn countries

Cross-bearers process into the church during a Christmas Eve mass in 2015 at the Southern Cathedral, an officially-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing, China (AP)

The Vatican said the presence of the bishop at an ordination ‘created turmoil among Chinese Catholics’

Mgr Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda, right, pictured alongside journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi and public relations expert Francesca Chaouqui at the Vatican trial (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Mgr Vallejo was found guilty of passing confidential documents to journalists

Barbara Jatta (CNS)

Barbara Jatta has been serving as vice-director of the museums since June