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The superiors discussed the matter with the Pontiff on April 10 to discuss the steps being taken to ‘create communion among the different orders of the Franciscan family’

The five nations with the most Catholics are Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, the United States and Italy

Holy Father continues ‘Mercy Friday’ visits after Year of Mercy

During Lent we should seek to return to him with a whole heart, the Pope said in a morning homily

Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating Mass at Monza Park near Milan

The Pope ended his day-long visit to Milan by speaking at an annual encounter for young people preparing for confirmation

Francis makes day-long trip to Milan

The global Holy Land Collection is taken up in most dioceses around the world on Good Friday

Pope Francis uses incense during a Lenten penance service in St Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis was one of 95 priests and bishops listening to confessions and granting absolution

The Pope told Jewish scholars that the Torah showed ‘paths of goodness [that we] must walk together’

Cardinal Connell spent 16 years leading the Archdiocese of Dublin