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Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus exchange Christmas greetings

Benedict and Francis at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis and his predecessor met publicly for the second time since his election

Francis leads silent prayer for world’s persecuted Christians

Pope Francis greets pilgrims gathered for the Angelus today (CNS)

Pope also prays for western Christians who ‘encounter abridgements of liberty’

Be ‘conscientious objectors’ to gossip, Francis urges curial officials

Pope Francis addresses the Roman Curia on Saturday (AP)

In annual address, Pope says ‘there have been, and still are, saints’ at the Vatican

Pope releases World Day of Peace message

Pope Francis (AP)

5,000-word message, entitled “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace”

Sensus fidelium doesn’t mean ‘majority opinion’, Francis says

Pope Francis has called for reflection on the sensus fidelium (AP)

Pope asks members of International Theological Commission to reflect on ‘sense of the faithful’

Pope Francis announces new Vatican commission to combat abuse

Pope Francis (PA)

The commission will survey protection programmes and work with bishops & religious

Pope meets Israel’s prime minister

Pope Francis poses with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (CNS)

Pope Francis met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today

Do not abandon Catholics in China, Cardinal tells Church

The cardinal has warned of a return to Ostpolitik

The Holy See has to choose between being clear or accepting compromise

Pope says hope is not mere optimism but a link to eternal life

The Pope preaches during a mass service (CNS)

Pope addresses a group of Mexican priests during morning Mass service

Pope Francis meets Aung San Suu Kyi in Rome

Pope Francis with Aung San Suu Kyi in the Vatican (CNS)

Pontiff assured Nobel Peace Prize winner of his prayers for the Catholic community in Burma