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Pope Francis greets bishops during his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

But God will always turn the gravest of sins ‘white as snow’, Francis says at his general audience

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (AP)

The Jesuit priest has been general director of Vatican Radio since 2005

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a Mass for the Holy Year of the Roman Curia in St. Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis celebrated a Mass marking the Jubilee of the Roman Curia and Vatican offices

Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

A statement says the ‘spurious claims’ are designed to ‘do maximum damage to the cardinal and the Catholic Church’

The stars of Spotlight Brian d'Arcy James, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Michael Keaton  (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

‘The movie shows how the instinct to protect a reputation was completely wrong,’ says former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases

Pope Francis stands in front of an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Mass in Ecatepec (AP)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday in a vast open field with more than 300,000 people in attendance

Cardinal Angelo Comastri places the ashes on the head of Pope Francis (AP)

More than 700 of the 1,142 missionaries attend Ash Wednesday Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis poses for a selfie during a meeting with 'missionaries of mercy' at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis addressed his newly-appointed Year of Mercy missionaries ahead of sending them out around the world

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, looks on as Pope Francis holds up his prepared talk and begins to speak off the cuff during an audience with religious at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis spoke at an event to mark the close of the Year for Consecrated Life

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, left (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican is ‘not a den of thieves’, says Archbishop Angelo Becciu