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Pope Francis smiles during the Angelus address (AP)

Pope says St Stephen ‘offered as a gift his life in service for the poorest’

Pope Francis appears for his Urbi et Orbi blessing on Christmas Day (AP/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pontiff prays for children ‘abused and exploited under our eyes’ in Urbi et Orbi message

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope addressed employees of the Italian Catholic bishops’ television station, TV 2000

Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz speaks as Sister Sharon Holland, president of the LCWR, and Sister Agnes Mary Donovan, co-ordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, listen during a the press conference for the release of the report (CNS)

Report of investigation into US communities of women religious released

Pope Francis venerates the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St Peter’s Basilica marking feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Pope Francis delivers his blessing while praying at a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome yesterday (CNS)

Francis also prays that Catholics have the courage ‘to go against the current’

Pope Francis said that the country was renowned for peaceful coexistence (CNS)

Pope Francis said that bishops must embrace the social dimension of the Gospel

Pope Francis holds an in-flight press conference on the way back from Strasbourg (Photo: CTV)

The Pope made the remark on his flight home from Strasbourg

Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, known for his service to the poor and the sick in a ministry that began in Rome during World War II (CNS)

Pope Francis described the cardinal as a “dear and esteemed pastor”

Pope Francis: 'No one is a stranger' in the Christian community (AP)

Francis says immigration benefits both migrants and the receiving country