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Opening the gates of the Papal gardens

The public will soon be able to visit the grounds of Castel Gandolfo

Pope prepares to leave Rome for Lenten retreat

The retreat will take place at Pauline Fathers’ retreat and conference centre in Ariccia

Vatican releases Pope’s Lenten schedule

Pope Francis’s calendar of liturgical services for March and April includes addition of a Lenten ‘penitential service’

Benedict XVI dismisses ‘absurd’ resignation conspiracy theories

Pope Emeritus responds to letter from Italian journalist

Cardinals say synod on family will seek to balance truth with God’s mercy

Cardinals Nichols and Napier speak after meetings with Pope Francis in Rome

Pope calls for ‘intelligent, courageous, loving’ approach to families

Francis opens two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals at the Vatican

Bishops set out difficulties facing Japanese Catholics

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

Cardinals give Pope recommendations on Vatican bank

Council of Cardinals advise Francis on reform of Vatican bureaucracy

Pope names new members of Congregation for Eastern Churches

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

Pope renews Argentine passport

Argentine Embassy officials visit Francis at the Vatican