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The Sistine Chapel (CNS)

Cardinal Angelo Comastri received the demand of €100,000 for the return of the Renaissance-era documents

Pope Francis hears a Confession in Brazil in July 2013 (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pontiff urges faithful to receive the Sacrament of Penance in Lent

Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at Santa Sabina in Rome (AP)

Pontiff says faithful must observe both the commandment to love God and to love neighbour

At Mass, Pope Francis said, people should feel the wonder and allure 'that the apostles felt when they were called, invited' (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis also admits being told off by Cardinal Ratzinger after preparing Vatican document

Benedict XVI with Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, left, and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Gänswein says the Pope Emeritus is certain it was the right thing to do

A view of the washing facilities just off St Peter's Square (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

New facilities off St Peter’s Square are a way to ‘give people their dignity’, says papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski

Pope Francis said there was 'no place in ministry' for the abuse of minors or vulnerbale adults (CNS)

Francis has written to bishops’ conferences and religious orders across the world

Chiara Lubich, the 88-year-old founder of the Focolare movement (CNS)

Chiara Lubich died in March 2008

The Vatican is sending million to help west Africa (AP)

Money will be used to support and train clergy to help people afflicted with the virus

Pope Francis: 'True charity is a sharing which does not judge'  (AP/Alessandra Tarantino)

In message for World Day of the Sick, Francis says time spent with the ill ‘is holy time’