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Orthodox bishop outlines hopes for Pope’s visit to Israel

Pope Francis embraces Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, at the Vatican (CNS)

Bishop said he hopes Pope Francis’s trip will promote Christian unity

President Obama meets Pope Francis for the first time

Pope Francis and Barack Obama meet for the first time Below: The Pope and the president exchange gifts, plus a video of the meeting (PA, RomeReports)

President Obama has visited the Vatican for a private meeting with the Pope

Repent now to avoid hell, Pope Francis tells members of the Mafia

Francis appeals to mafia members during his speech (AP)

Pontiff makes emotional appeal at prayer vigil for victims of mafia violence

Thousands of rare Vatican manuscripts to go online

A shelf of books in the Vatican library (CNS)

Documents that have up until now only been accessible to scholars to be digitised over the next four years

There’s no need to change Church teaching on contraception, says Pope Francis in new interview

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis says Pope Paul VI’s encyclical on birth control was ‘prophetic’

We don’t need bishops who are like corporate managers, says Francis

Pope Francis meets bishops at a general audience (AP)

Pope urges Congregation for Bishops to select humble evangelists for vacant posts

Pope Francis tells new cardinals they are not joining a royal court

Francis celebrates Mass with the new cardinals on sunday (AP)

Pope advises cardinals to avoid ‘intrigue, gossip, cliques, favouritism and preference’

Legionaries of Christ elect new leaders

Fr Eduardo Robles Gil, the new general director of the Legionaries of Christ (Photo: CNS)

The congregation also expressed ‘deep sorrow’ for the behaviour of its founder Fr Maciel

Thieves admit to stealing relic of Blessed John Paul II

A broken glass of a niche where the reliquary with the blood of Blessed John Pail II was located Below: The reliquary

Venerated piece of fabric stained with the late Pope’s blood still missing

Pope says judgments on annulments must be impartial and pastoral

"You are essentially pastors," Pope Francis told officials (CNS)

Pope Francis addressed officials responsible for marriage annulments today