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‘Miracle’ could see John Paul II canonised in record time

Pope John Paul II could be canonised by October, eight years after his death, according to Vatican sources quoted in the Italian press that say the additional miracle required for his next step towards sainthood has already been identified.

Pope Francis meets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in first for Vatican in 600 years

Present and former Pope wore similar white clerical garb at Castel Gandolfo

Pope Francis sets out to defend the weak
as hundreds of thousands gather for inauguration mass in St Peter's Square

Former cardinal  looked slightly awkward as he greeted Zimbabwean tyrant Robert Mugabe

Our new Pope offers an opportunity for the rebirth of the Church

He must be prepared to stand up for the common good; to stand up for women, and deal with the scandal that is child abuse

Pope Francis and Alfredo Di Stefano, pictured in 1963

Did the Pope play football with Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano?

The pair went to the same school in Buenos Aires

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz is most well-known for his portrayal of Hitler in Downfall

Adolf Hitler actor Bruno Ganz to play Pope in US television series

As the cardinals deliberated in Rome last week, halfway around the world in Hollywood another Pope was being picked. A new television drama about the Vatican has selected as its pontiff an actor best known for playing Adolf Hitler.

Children on adults' shoulders await Pope Francis

In pictures: Pope Francis' first public appearance in Vatican

Informal, spontaneous style continues to delight the crowds

The new Pope takes to the stage

Now media gets the papal charm offensive

The new pontiff broke with plenty of traditions at his first press conference

The newly-elected Pope Francis addresses journalists in the Vatican

Pope Francis calls for 'a poor Church for the poor' and reveals St Francis of Assisi as namesake

The new pontiff  lauds the saint as a 'man who loves and looks after what has been created'

The Archbishop of Buenos Aires is the first non-European pope for 1,000 years
Pope Francis waves the crowd from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica

So what happens next for Pope Francis?

Having begun his reign, auspiciously enough, with a self-deprecating joke – “the duty of the cardinals is to elect a Bishop of Rome,” he deadpanned, “and they’ve gone to the end of the world to find one” – Pope Francis went back inside St Peter’s for the solemn ceremonies that conclude the Conclave process, the most important of which is a Mass in the Sistine Chapel with the other 114 cardinal electors.

Newly elected Pope Francis I appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis is both a continuation of the past and also something very different for the future

Whatever end of the spectrum they stand in, most Catholics know their church is in trouble. Pope Francis may just be the miracle they've been waiting for

No more smoke and mirrors; 'The Voice' and 'The Hunger Games'

Pope Idol: The Pope-pickers could have made things a bit more lively

John Walsh offers some tips for next time

LA child sex abuse case involving one of the 115 cardinals currently voting to elect the next Pope is settled for $10 million

Cardinal Roger Mahony is accused of covering for a confessed paedophile

As cardinals gather to elect Pope, Catholic officials break into a sweat over news that priests share €23m building with huge gay sauna

A day ahead of the papal conclave, faces at the scandal-struck Vatican were even redder than usual after it emerged that the Holy See had purchased a €23 million (£21 million) share of a Rome apartment block that houses Europe’s biggest gay sauna.

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From America's dad to date-rape drugs

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Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

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The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
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The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
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When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

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Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

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Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin