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Former archbishop Józef Wesołowski pictured in Santo Domingo in 2009 (CNS)

Former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, was taken ill shortly before he was due to stand trial

Franciscan Brother Juan Turios of Action Network prays in 2013 with immigration reform advocates in Washington (CNS)

In the past 50 years, the number of religious brothers has decreased drastically

The UN's COP21 Climate Change Conference (AP)

Pope Francis has said it would be ‘tragic’ if special interests won out over the common good

The Pope will visit  Italy on the annual day for Christian-Jewish dialogue (CNS)

Pope to visit Rome’s Jewish community

Pope Francis will be the third pope to visit Rome’s synagogue

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he exits the Baptistry in Florence (AP)

‘I want a happy Church with the face of a mother, who understands, accompanies, caresses,’ Holy Father tells Italian Catholics

An injured Pakistani injured child attending the funeral of his grandfather who died in the earthquake (AP)

The magnitude-7.5 earthquake has left at least 380 dead

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, president of the German bishops' conference, shakes hands with Bishop Lucas Van Looy of Ghent, Belgium, as they leave a session of the Synod of Bishop (Photo: CNS)

If the whole Church embraced the synod process it would mark the ‘end of judging’, says Bishop of Ghent

The Pope said reading the signs of the times isn't a skill exclusive to "a cultural elite" (CNS)

God’s gift of freedom means people must not be afraid to use it, the Pope said

Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Oswald Gracias said that the synod was not about ‘making doctrine’

Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for the intercession of ‘the pope of the family’, St John Paul II