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But hardliners say they will protest if the Pope says or does anything ‘unexpected and unacceptable’

Cardinal Sergio da Rocha will take one of the most important roles in organising the synod

The Pope marked the first World Day of the Poor with a Mass attended by 6,000 poor and homeless people

Some 66,000 people fill stadium for beatification of Blessed Solanus Casey

Francis will visit the Buddhist-majority country later this month

In a message on WeChat officials said the Christians involved had ‘recognised their mistakes’

The Eucharist is ‘the highest, most sublime’ way of encountering God’s love, Pope Francis said

Four people have been confirmed dead after the incident in northern California

Cardinal Rai’s visit comes amid tensions over the resignation of the Lebanese prime minister while in Saudi Arabia

Francis met retired marine Edwin Restrepo during his visit to Colombia