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22 June 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
With the daunting problems of terrorism, climate change and growing inequality, to whom can a world leader turn to unburden their problems and receive some sage advice? Pope Francis, it seems, has now become one of their first ports of call.

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15 June 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
It had been a long, emotionally draining visit taking in three countries in Africa, one of them a war zone. On the plane back from Bangui in the Central African Republic, Pope Francis had just finished his customary in-flight press conference and pulled his then press aide Fr Federico Lombardi to one side.

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08 June 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
Catholics are normally seen as Christians who sing the Alleluia without smiling, keeping their arms firmly by their sides and pointed towards the floor at all times. Under Pope Francis, this is changing.

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01 June 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
After a papal Mass in Casa Santa Marta almost a year ago, a distressed businessman approached Pope Francis.

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25 May 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
With its ancient cobbled streets, bustling market stalls and Syrian-run jewellery shops, Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood has an almost middle-eastern feel. with Muslims.

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18 May 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
The millions of people who flock every year to Lourdes, Fátima, Knock, Medjugorje and Walsingham might be described as the real miracle of these famous shrines, each of them built in the midst of considerable scepticism following alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

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11 May 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
For decades one of the major stumbling blocks to church unity has been the five words uttered in 1896 by Pope Leo XIII, when in the papal bull Apostolicae Curae he concluded that Anglican ordinations were “absolutely null and utterly void”. This phrase is an open wound for those seeking to heal the divisions between Catholics and Anglicans, a theological ravine so far impossible to bridge.

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04 May 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
As the plane taxied down the runway preparing for take off, I looked towards the front of the plane from my seat at the back. In the distance, I spotted a fleck of white peeking out into the aisle. Pope Francis was sitting in seat 1C of the Alitalia Airbus A321, and hanging in front of him was an icon of the Virgin Mary and child Jesus on a gold background.

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27 April 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
Eight hundred years ago a pair of bare-footed Franciscan friars crossed the bloody battle lines of a Muslim-Christian conflict in order to make an appeal for peace.

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