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Archbishop Mario Zenari  (AP)

No casualties reported after apostolic nunciature in Damascus hit by rocket on Tuesday morning

A nun runs in the relay race on the road leading to St Peter's Square (CNS)

Seminarians, Olympians and children take part in relay organised by Pontifical Council for Culture

Pope Francis called for prayer for the perecuted church  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Holy Father says we should treat suffering Christians abroad as members of our own family

Mgr Dario Edoardo Vigano (Photo: CNS)

Mgr Dario Viganò claims Francis told him it was a ‘good thing’ the media didn’t report on all his calls

'When we use our tongue to speak badly of our brother or sister, we use it to kill God' (Photo: CNS)

Francis says in his homily that people who criticise others lack ‘the courage to look at their own defects’

Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in front of the Basilica of Our Lady of Bonaria in 2008 (Photo: CNS)

The Pope will also venerate the icon of Our Lady of Bonaria during the trip next Sunday

Pope Francis greeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in July (CNS)

‘He has got thinner but he looks healthier,’ says member of Ratzinger Student Circle

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini (AP)

Pontiff marks first anniversary of the Jesuit biblical scholar’s death

The first papal phone, donated to Pius XI by Catholics in the US. Fr Vergez oversaw a major overhaul of the Vatican's phone and email systems (Photo: CNS)

Fr Vergez oversaw a major reform of the Vatican’s email and phone systems

Pope Francis (CNS)

‘Go against the current’, says Pope during meeting at St Peter’s Basilica