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Kiss a crucifix in Holy Week, urges Pope Francis at general audience

Pope Francis kisses child as he arrives for the general audience (CNS)

Pontiff encourages faithful to ‘kiss the wounds of Jesus’ and say a prayer of thanks

Vatican willingly appearing before UN committee, spokesman says

Fr Lombardi said the Vatican would file reports on its anti-torture efforts (CNS)

Fr Lombardi says Church was not forced to attend torture committee

Francis: I ask forgiveness for damage caused by abusers

Pope Francis has promised action on clerical abuse (PA)

Pope says Church ‘must be very strong’ in response to clerical abuse

Pope meets King of Jordan ahead of Holy Land trip

Jordan's King Abdullah II, Pope Francis and and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal pose for photos during a private audience at the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse (CNS)

Trip to Holy Land will include a visit to the royal palace and a Mass celebration in a football stadium

The fragility of human life is part of its beauty, says Pope

Pope Francis has said that the sanctity of human life is recognised through its fragility (CNS)

Pope Francis addressed the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry today

Ukrainian pastor released after being seized from church

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base in Crimea (CNS)

Pope Francis meets privately with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church at the Vatican

Francis: I carry crucifix I took from a dead priest

A rosary draped over an Argentinian flag (CNS)

The Pope revealed today that he carries the crucifix in a pouch under his white robes

Lent comes ‘to reawaken us,’ says Pope Francis

Pope Francis receives ashes from Slovakian Cardinal Jozef Tomko during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome (CNS)

Pontiff spoke at Ash Wednesday Mass in Rome

Pope asks for prayers for Ukraine

Pope Francis meets Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church  at the Vatican, in November 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Francis urged the international community to promote dialogue

Bicycle-riding monsignor given leading role in economy secretariat

Mgr Alfred Xuereb assists Francis with his skullcap at a general audience (AP)

Pope names Mgr Alfred Xuereb general secretary of the new Secretariat for the Economy