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Blessed John Paul II (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis to make announcement on September 30

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Copacabana Beach during WYD (AP)

Francis writes message to people joining in the Brazilian Catholic Church’s celebration of Family Week

Cardinal Prosper Grech (CNS)

Full text of Cardinal Grech’s remarks published by Vatican newspaper

The civil war continues to rage in Syria and fears are growing for the safety of Jesuit Father Paolo Dall'Oglio  (Photo: CNS)

Foreign Minister says “it seems Father Dall’Oglio has been kidnapped by an Islamist group”

Pope Francis leaves the Church of the Gesù in Rome (CNS)

Holy Father celebrates Mass at the Church of the Gesù in Rome on feast of St Ignatius

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Copacabana Beach (AP)

‘We are sent together,’ Pontiff tells three million young people on Copacabana Beach

Pope Francis arrives for the vigil at Copacabana Beach (AP)

Holy Father stresses need for ‘prayer, sacraments and helping others’

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Rio cathedral (CNS)

‘Have the courage to go against the tide,’ Pontiff urges priests, religious and seminarians

A dramatisation of the Way of the Cross in Rio last night  (AP)

We can place all our trust in God’s love, says Pope

Pope Francis kisses the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida (AP)

Pope Francis is visibly moved by visit to Brazil’s national Marian shrine