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Pope’s Lenten message to focus on generosity to the poor

A blind boy stands outside a makeshift shelter in Islamabad (Photo: CNS)

Vatican officials will also draw attention to Haiti

Francis urges doctrinal office to keep up fight against clerical abuse

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope also encourages CDF to seek ‘constructive, respectful and patient dialogue’ in doctrinal investigations

Women should play a greater role in Church, says Pope

Pope Francis on Saturday (AP)

Francis addresses women’s group at the Vatican

Holy See assures UN panel it is serious about protecting children

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi and Bishop Charles Scicluna in Geneva today (AP)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi says Vatican policies aim to eliminate abuse

Pope replaces cardinals serving on Vatican bank oversight commission

Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

New members include Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin

Persecuted Christians should follow Japanese example, says Francis

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience today (CNS)

250 years ago Japanese Christians ‘survived with the grace of baptism,’ Pontiff tells general audience

Experts at Vatican workshop call for end of weapons flow to Syria

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks down a street in Aleppo (AP)

Recommendations will be offered to those taking part in ‘Geneva 2′ peace talks

Don’t be afraid to breastfeed, Pope tells mothers at baptism Mass

Pope Francis greets an infant at a Mass on the Baptism of the Lord (Photo: CNS)

Francis made the remark during a Mass in which he baptised 32 babies

Pope laments ‘defeated Christians’ who do not fully trust in God

Pope celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

People should remind themselves that faith ‘conquers the world’, says Francis at morning Mass

Pope Francis surprises priest by inviting him on to popemobile

The Pope and Fr Baez. Below, Fr Baez sits in the popemobile (Photo: CNS)

Pope spotted his old friend at the edge of the crowd