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Pope Francis with UN secretary-general Ban-Ki Moon at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis says a large part of humanity now has ‘second-class status’

'Still today there are people who kill, who persecute in the name of God' (Photo: PA)

His comments in homily follow the printing of photographs apparently showing crucifixions in Syria

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis addresses region’s social ills at ad limina

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi and Orbi blessing (AP)

Pontiff says Resurrection shows ‘love makes hope blossom in the wilderness’

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

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

Pope Francis will address the heads of the UN’s agencies amid claims that UN committees are unfairly targeting the Catholic Church   (PA)

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

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

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

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