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New facilities off St Peter’s Square are a way to ‘give people their dignity’, says papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski

Francis has written to bishops’ conferences and religious orders across the world

Chiara Lubich died in March 2008

Money will be used to support and train clergy to help people afflicted with the virus

In message for World Day of the Sick, Francis says time spent with the ill ‘is holy time’

More than a million people attended Francis’s 43 general audiences this year

Francis says Vatican Christmas decorations carry ‘a message of light, hope and love’

Pope hails ‘noble’ task of diplomacy in address to new ambassadors

Cardinal wants ‘self-assessment’ sparked by visitation to continue

Francis meets patriarch and 350 bishops, priests and lay people from the Syriac Catholic Church