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Holy Father will also visit the site of a mass execution of Italian civilians

‘Why they did not kill me, I don’t know,’ says Fr Tom Uzhunnalil

The Salesian knelt before the Pope and kissed his feet

Holy Father says imprisonment ‘must have a horizon of hope’

A Vatican statement has called for the newly elected Constituent Assembly to be suspended

Church leaders warn that ‘excessive repression generates more violence’

The joint Catholic-Orthodox commission, set up at the request of Pope Francis, agreed that the two churches should ‘share the memory of martyrs’

Beatification Mass will take place on September 8

Francis urges priests and bishops to maintain ‘evangelical closeness’ to their flocks

Cardinal Pietro Parolin spelt out the Holy See’s position in a letter to former heads of state