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The fragility of human life is part of its beauty, says Pope

Pope Francis has said that the sanctity of human life is recognised through its fragility (CNS)

Pope Francis addressed the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry today

Ukrainian pastor released after being seized from church

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base in Crimea (CNS)

Pope Francis meets privately with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church at the Vatican

Francis: I carry crucifix I took from a dead priest

A rosary draped over an Argentinian flag (CNS)

The Pope revealed today that he carries the crucifix in a pouch under his white robes

Lent comes ‘to reawaken us,’ says Pope Francis

Pope Francis receives ashes from Slovakian Cardinal Jozef Tomko during Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome (CNS)

Pontiff spoke at Ash Wednesday Mass in Rome

Pope asks for prayers for Ukraine

Pope Francis meets Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church  at the Vatican, in November 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Francis urged the international community to promote dialogue

Bicycle-riding monsignor given leading role in economy secretariat

Mgr Alfred Xuereb assists Francis with his skullcap at a general audience (AP)

Pope names Mgr Alfred Xuereb general secretary of the new Secretariat for the Economy

Walk alongside those whose marriages have failed, urges Pope

Pope Francis preaches in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

We should not condemn ‘those who have failed in their love’, says Francis

Cardinal Kasper told cardinals: Church could tolerate some second marriages

Cardinal Kasper (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Kasper said Holy Communion could be a ‘lifeboat’ for those shipwrecked by sin

Vatican releases Pope’s Lenten schedule

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis’s calendar of liturgical services for March and April includes addition of a Lenten ‘penitential service’

Danger of civil war has not passed, says Ukrainian archbishop

Mourners carry a large wooden crucifix past a barricade during a memorial procession in Independence Square in Kiev Below: Archbishop Shevchuk speaking in Rome (CNS)

Head of country’s Catholic Church believes protests have solidified Ukrainian’s commitment to democracy