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Pope Francis smiles during Mass at the Church of the Gesu in Rome Below: The Pontiff with Father Adolfo Nicolas outside the church (CNS)

‘True faith is marked by the daring desire to change the world,’ says Pontiff

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

Francis gives thanks for the graces of 2013 on New Year’s Eve in St Peter’s Basilica

Tony Blair with Cardinal Edward M. Egan of New York in 2007 (CNS)

Mr Blair is among key political experts invited by the Vatican for a meeting aimed at promoting peace in Syria

Fr Federico Lombardi,  told journalists that McKinsey would consider how to coordinate or integrate the many different outlets  (PA)

The Vatican has hired two international consulting agencies

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff says it is a disgrace that people end up being ‘thrown away and abandoned’

Two brothers eat a meal provided by a charity in a slum in Manila (CNS)

Caritas Internationalis campaign begins with worldwide ‘wave of prayer’

Benedict XVI said Lubich was a "woman of fearless faith."

Movement asks for Cause to be opened five years after Chiara Lubich’s death

Zimbabwean women collect food aid from a distribution point in Mutawatawa (CNS)

Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference describe ‘water and power cuts and shortage of medicines’ in pastoral letter

Young children beg for food in the Philippines after last month's devastating super typhoon (CNS)

Pope will offer support for Caritas Internationalis’s ‘One Human Family, Food For All’ campaign

Pope Francis, pictured on Saturday, expressed concerns for Christians persecuted in the Middle East

I am aware that you are deeply concerned for the situation of Christians in the Middle East, he tells Patriarch of Constantinople