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Persecution of Christians worse than in early Church, says Francis

Pope Francis says he is pained that Christians suffer so much discrimination (CNS)

Pope Francis says there are more martyrs today than in pre-Constantine days

Pope on Corpus Christi: Jesus in the Eucharist gives life, love

Pope Francis elevates Eucharist during Corpus Christi Mass (CNS)

The Pope celebrated the evening Mass outside the Basilica of St John Lateran

Pope offers prayers for refugees during general audience

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Pope Francis reminded the faithful that Jesus was a refugee

Pope: Supporting missions leads to ‘flood of joy’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope encourages Christians to be passionate for “the proclamation of the joy of the Gospel” in message for World Mission Sunday

Stop showing ‘contempt’ for Gypsies, urges Pope Francis

A Gypsy child at St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, in Rome (AP)

Gypsies are called ‘to contribute to the common good’, says Pontiff

Pope: Half-hearted Catholics aren’t really Catholics at all

Jesus doesn't want the Church to be rigid, Pope Francis has said (CNS)

Pope Francis has criticised Catholics who only have ‘one foot in the door’

Jesuit priest working with former refugees kidnapped in Afghanistan

Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar of India was kidnapped on Monday (CNS)

Father Alexis Prem Kumar was reportedly abducted by a group of unidentified men

Pope invites Catholic Charismatics to celebration at Vatican in 2017

Young people dance before the Pope at Rome's Olympic Stadium (AP)

Event in St Peter’s Square will mark 50th anniversary of Catholic Charismatic movement

Married couples prefer pets to children because of ‘comfort culture’, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis blesses a child at the Vatican on Saturday (AP)

Intentionally childless marriages can end ‘with the bitterness of bad solitude’, says Pontiff

Pope: Syrians are suffering from ‘globalisation of indifference’

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

Francis deplores ‘unspeakable suffering’ in Syria in message to charities