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Pope Francis arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square

A wolf in Pope's clothing? Francis is not the progressive man he has been made out to be

There's more than meets the eye to the man behind the cloth

A photo of the late Pope John Paul II hanging from a stage set up near St Peter's Square

John Paul II to be made a saint alongside John XXVI next year, announces Pope Francis

The third longest-serving pope in history, John Paul II created more saints than all the previous popes put together

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Artist Dan Baldwin on the enduring kitsch quality of Catholic iconography

The secular painter and ceramicist explains why he is still drawn to Catholicism, and why his work is different to Grayson Perry

Vatican: Jesus Christ sent 'the world's first tweets'

Cardinal Ravasi described Christ as composing messages that were 'full of meaning' in 'fewer than 45 characters'

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict breaks seven-month silence to deny covering up abuse by paedophile priests, and to denounce Richard Dawkins' work as 'science fiction'

The emeritus pope made the comments in a letter to prominent mathematician and atheist Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Six more die as fighting drags on between government troops and Muslim insurgents in Philippine city of Zamboanga

Five rebels and a 71-year-old woman were killed Saturday as fighting dragged on in a southern Philippine city between government troops and Muslim insurgents holding out with about 20 civilian hostages, officials said.

The April election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a surprise in itself. Born in Argentina to Italian parents, he was the first Jesuit pope, and the first from Latin America, where most of the world's Catholics live. The last non-European pope was Syrian-born Gregory III, elected in 731

Gallery: 10 ways Pope Francis has surprised us

The Argentine's comments on homosexuality and contraception this week continue a tenor of change which has marked his papacy so far

Pope Francis gestures upon his arrival in St Peter's square

Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven

In comments likely to enhance his progressive reputation, Pope Francis has written a long, open letter to the founder of La Repubblica newspaper, Eugenio Scalfari, stating that non-believers would be forgiven by God if they followed their consciences.

Critics claim the new charter targets Muslims

Do not wear headscarves; do not wear crucifixes; do not question the syllabus: France’s school rules

Some Muslim critics condemn 15-point charter as a thinly veiled attack on Islam 

Tony Abbott stands with his family as he claims victory in Australia's federal election

Australia takes a turn to the right: Tony Abbott wins general election

Conservative Coalition brings an end to six years of Labor rule

Monsieur Le Commandant, by Romain Slocombe. Gallic, £8.99

A French Academician, Paul-Jean Husson writes a letter to his local SS officer revealing his illicit passion for his Jewish daughter-in-law, so placing her fate in the commandant’s hands.

'Christopher? It's Pope Francis': Did the Pope make a reassuring phone call to a gay Catholic?

Vatican denies claims that Pope Francis reached out to a gay French man struggling with his faith

The Pope has made his most significant appointment to date, appointing Pietro Parolin the Holy See’s Secretary of State

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Pietro Parolin as his 'deputy'

The 58-year-old Italian will become the Holy See's Secretary of State

Pope Francis takes Twitter by storm in the first Papal selfie

Pope Francis has taken the Twittersphere by storm yet again with the world's first papal 'selfie'.

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Computerised cooking is coming

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Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
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Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
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