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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

Pope Francis blesses a boy during his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

Don’t spread hate, make friends instead, the Pope says in a Year of Mercy message

Pope Francis spreads incense on the statue of Baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for families (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Learn from baby Jesus, Pope says

People can ‘make baby Jesus smile by demonstrating our love and our joy because he is among us’

Pope Francis leaves at the end of the Mass for families (AP)

Francis urges parents to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day