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The Church is ‘a model of altruism, an ark of salvation and a source of certainty and truth,’ the Pope said

The Holy Father’s meetings with the 93-year-old consistently result in confusion and scandal

Jesus does not give up on anyone, he told them

Eugenio Scalfari claimed in La Repubblica that the Pope told him the souls of sinners ‘disappear’

Pope Francis is on record as affirming its existence

Ross Douthat’s book examines the deepest divisions in the Catholic Church

The Pope imparted his Apostolic Blessing on those taking part

The meeting came a week after Pope Francis’s communications chief was forced to resign over the so-called Lettergate scandal

Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame was a practising Catholic

‘A joyful young person is hard to manipulate,’ the Pope said