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Pope Francis presides at Benediction outside the Basilica of St Mary Major (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope asks faithful to remember persecuted Christians as he celebrates Corpus Christi in Rome

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German bishops' conference (CNS)

German, Swiss and French bishops wanted to ‘enrich thinking’ about the foundations of the synod

Pope Francis in discussion with Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi at last year's synod (CNS)

Publication is expected ‘in a few weeks’, according to statement released by the Vatican

Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, President of the IOR (PA)

The bank made a profit of £49m last year, its annual report has revealed

Pope Francis blesses a server with holy water as he celebrates Pentecost Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Francis celebrated Pentecost Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday

Pope Francis blesses the faithful with holy water as he celebrates Pentecost Mass on Sunday (CNS)

Pope Francis delivered a video message to a Christian unity celebration in Phoenix.

Pope Francis: 'Bishops must have ecclesial sensitivity' (CNS)

Francis addressed the bishops of Italy at the opening their annual general assembly at the Vatican

A nun present a gift to Pope Francis at Naples cathedral in March (CNS)

Francis addressed an audience of international men and women religious working in the Diocese of Rome

Syrians in Aleppo clear the streets after shelling (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Audo says that almost everyone would leave Aleppo if they could

A Palm Sunday Procession on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (Photo: CNS)

A Vatican-Palestine accord also upheld the principle of religious freedom