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Pope Francis delivers the Urbi and Orbi blessing (AP)

Pontiff says Resurrection shows ‘love makes hope blossom in the wilderness’

Pope Francis kisses child as he arrives for the general audience (CNS)

Pontiff encourages faithful to ‘kiss the wounds of Jesus’ and say a prayer of thanks

Fr Lombardi said the Vatican would file reports on its anti-torture efforts (CNS)

Fr Lombardi says Church was not forced to attend torture committee

Pope Francis will address the heads of the UN’s agencies amid claims that UN committees are unfairly targeting the Catholic Church   (PA)

Pope says Church ‘must be very strong’ in response to clerical abuse

Jordan's King Abdullah II, Pope Francis and and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal pose for photos during a private audience at the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse (CNS)

Trip to Holy Land will include a visit to the royal palace and a Mass celebration in a football stadium

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

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

A rosary draped over an Argentinian flag (CNS)

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

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

Pope asks for prayers for Ukraine

Pope Francis urged the international community to promote dialogue