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Cologne Cathedral (CNS)

The German bishops’ have announced that it has changed the Church’s labour laws to reflect ‘multiple changes in legal practice, legislation and society’

Pope Francis talks with Cuban President Raul Castro (CNS)

The Cuban leader claims he may come back to the Church, but is it nothing more than a canny move to shift the focus from the repressive nature of his regime?

Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2013 (CNS)

Pope Francis sends message to Coptic Pope Tawadros II to mark ‘day of friendship’

Pope Francis delivers his speech for The Peace Factory (PA)

Pope Francis was taking part in The Peace Factory initiative in the Paul VI hall

Cuban President Raul Castro gestures as he leaves a private meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday (CNS)

Cuban president says he will attend papal masses during Francis’s vist to Cuba in September

A pilgrim form Ecuador holds her country's flag on Copacabana beach,  Rio de Janeiro, at the World Youth Day opening Mass in 2013 (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July

Cuba's President Raul Castro (PA)

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Francis has given  'missionaries of mercy'  the authority to pardon 'even those sins reserved to the Holy See' (CNS)

Archbishop Fisichella unveils official prayer, logo, and calendar of events for

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis met Archbishop Antje Jackelen of Uppsala, Sweden, at the Vatican

Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy frigate Bersagliere at the Reggio Calabria on Monday (PA)

The EU has said it will strengthen sea patrols by its Frontex border agency and destroy human traffickers’ boats