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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

Pope Francis sent a message to a summit on climate change in Lima, Peru

Sister Sharmi D’Souza says during one raid they rescued 37 women

Papal visit will also mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco

Sanctions went into effect following repeated, but ‘unfortunately unfruitful ultimatums’