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We have the ‘Francis effect’ to thank for the reopening of Ireland’s Vatican embassy

The Irish Catholics who protested against the closure are also worthy of praise

Ireland to re-open Vatican embassy

Reopening will allow ‘Ireland to engage directly with the leadership of Pope Francis,’ says government

President Obama to meet Pope Francis in March

US president will visit the Vatican on March 27 as part of a European tour

John Kerry meets Vatican counterpart in Rome

US secretary of state discusses issues including the Middle East and Obama’s healthcare reforms

Experts at Vatican workshop call for end of weapons flow to Syria

Recommendations will be offered to those taking part in ‘Geneva 2′ peace talks

Pope entertained by circus performers during general audience

Francis tells faithful that baptism gives them ‘unwavering hope and strength’

Pope Francis calls on religious orders to ‘wake up the world’

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

Vatican hires firm to streamline communications

The Vatican has hired two international consulting agencies

Photo gallery: 10 memorable moments from 2013

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

Experts praise new Vatican financial laws

Moneyval also requests Vatican bank inspection