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Pope confirms he will publish encyclical begun by Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI (PA)

‘It’s an encyclical written with four hands,’ Pope Francis tells Synod of Bishops

Pope Francis decides not to spend summer in Castel Gandolfo

Lake Albano seen from the window of the papal villa – a view that Pope Francis will miss this year (Photo: CNS)

The Pope will have a reduced schedule in July and August but will stay at the Vatican

Pope Francis says John XXIII was ‘filled with goodness’ as he prays at his tomb

The Pope meets priests from the Diocese of Bergamo (Photo: CNS)

Bishop of Bergamo says Pope Francis reminds many people of Blessed John

Pope Francis tells children with cancer: Jesus is close to you

Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Pope greets and blesses the 22 children and their parents at the Vatican

God’s plan is to unite all humanity, says Pope

Pope Francis  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis announces a series of talks on the Church in Rome

Human trafficking is ‘a disgrace for our societies’, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis said human trafficking is a 'shameful and ignoble activity' (AP)

Holy Father says ‘money worship reigns’ in the world

Pope Francis warns of the dangers of ‘unbridled capitalism’

Pope Francis talks with nuns during visit to Missionaries of Charity soup kitchen in the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

Pope speaks at 25th anniversary celebration of Vatican women’s shelter

Don’t be afraid to follow the Holy Spirit, Pope says at Pentecost Mass

Pope Francis greets a family during Pentecost Sunday Mass (AP)

Holy Father urges faithful to ‘strike out on new paths’

Vatican to host pavilion at Venice Biennale

Cardinal Ravasi (CNS)

Venice debut prompted by Church’s wish to engage with contemporary artists

Pope tells sisters: you can’t follow Jesus without the Church

Pope Francis greets faithful from his popemobile (Photo: PA)

Pope Francis tells 800 superiors of women’s orders: ‘What would the Church be without you?’