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Pope Francis prayed for the unemployed at the foot of the Column of the Immaculate Conception yesterday (full video).

We should avoid offering “half Yeses” to God, the Pope said at yesterday’s Angelus.

The Church has launched reconciliation talks in the Democratic Republic of Congo aimed at averting civil war.

An excommunicated bishop’s presence at two episcopal ordinations in China is a “slap in the face” for the Pope, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said.

Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski has been named the next Archbishop of Kraków.

Matthew Schmitz explains why he changed his mind about Pope Francis.

And Fr James Martin SJ discusses his role in the making of Silence (Scorsese interview).

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