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Pope Francis said he did not want the faithful to be oppressed with the "darkness of doubt" (PA)

The reforms could affect thousands of Catholics worldwide

Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: AP)

The Pope presided at an evening of prayer yesterday in St Peter’s Basilica

Syrian refugee children scream as they sit in front of Macedonian riot police at the Greek-Macedonian border (CNS)

Francis said he hopes the beatification of martyred Syriac Bishop Flavien-Michel Malke will give the persecuted faithful ‘courage and hope’

Ukrainian servicemen march with flags during the celebration of the  24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in Kiev (CNS)

Francis urged a ‘response to the humanitarian emergency in the country’ during his address to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Pope Francis at prayer (CNS)

The Holy Father prayed for catechists at the tomb of St Pius in St Peter’s Basilica

Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator for Farc, rrives for a new round of peace talks with Colombia's government accompanied by fellow Farc delegates Pastor Alape, right, and Carlos Antonio Lozada, centre  (AP)

The Vatican has said that a meeting between the Pope and Farc representatives ‘is not foreseen’

'Priests interested in being one of the special communicators of God's mercy are invited to apply online' (CNS)

The missionaries will be commissioned formally by the Pope and sent out on Ash Wednesday next year

Pope Francis greets priests at the Paul VI hall in March (AP)

Pope sends message of support to Federation of Priestly Emergency Services

Pope Francis holds a cake he received from a newly married couple during his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican today (CNS)

In his general audience, Francis continued his series of talks about the family in anticipation of September’s celebration of the World Meeting of Families

Afghan children are seen in late May at a temporary shelter in an internally displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Balkh province, Afghanistan (CNS)

Pope Francis has chosen ‘Overcome indifference and win peace’ as the theme for the Church’s celebration on January 1