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Francis embraces a child during today's audience

Also asks faithful to pray for Middle East during general audience

Climate change will affect the most vulnerable

We must look beyond the scientific and economic questions, says cardinal

In 2012 there were 16.4 million baptisms, according to new figures (Photo: CNS)

Number of Catholics grew by 14 million in a year, according to newly released figures

Marie Collins, right, is a member of the Commission for the Protection of Minors (PA)

Commission includes Cardinal O’Malley as well as a British peer and an Irish abuse survivor

Floribeth Mora Diaz, diagnosed with a brain aneurysm in 2011, and Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

Costa Rican mother of four was told she only had a month to live

Benedict XVI

Former pope praises predecessor in collection of interviews

Pope Francis leads the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum (AP)

Meditations by Italian Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini focus on injustices

Pope Francis lies prostrate in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis presides at Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis kisses a disabled person's foot after washing it (CNS)

Pope washes feet of 12 disabled people, including women and a Muslim man

Pope Francis breathes over chrism oil during the Chrism Mass (CNS)

Pontiff says that, like many priests, he has sometimes felt isolated and gloomy