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Pope condemns abortion as product of ‘throwaway culture’

'In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science!' (Photo: CNS)

Every unborn child who is condemned to be aborted ‘has the face of the Lord’, says Francis

Pope says Church should face wayward members like a merciful mother

Pope Francis greets people during his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday (CNS)

Francis elaborates on ‘Church as mother’ theme during general audience

‘Sanctity is stronger than scandals,’ says Pope Francis

Pope Francis is greeted by priests of the Diocese of Rome at the Basilica of St John Lateran (CNS)

Pope Francis offers words of encouragement to diocesan priests in Rome

Pope urges dialogue with nonbelievers in letter to high profile atheist

Pope Francis wrote an open letter to La Repubblica (AP)

Francis responds to Eugenio Scalfari, co-founder and former editor-in-chief of Italian newspaper, La Repubblica

Pope Francis prays that Syria will escape ‘spiral of sorrow and death’

The Pope presides at the prayer vigil for Syria (AP)

An estimated 100,000 people attend peace vigil in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis urges G20 to seek ‘peaceful solution’ to Syria

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of Indonesia, Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande (Photo: PA)

In a letter Pope Francis asks G20 leaders to give up ‘futile’ idea of military intervention

Pope says World Youth Day was a ‘true party’ at general audience

Pope Francis wrote an open letter to La Repubblica (AP)

In God’s eyes young pilgrims are ‘apostles of the kingdom’, Pope says in St Peter’s Square

WYD 2013: Kraków will host next World Youth Day in 2016

A Polish group celebrates the announcement in Rio today (AP)

Polish city is Blessed John Paul II’s former episcopal see

WYD 2013: Pope urges bishops to rediscover ‘language of simplicity’

A bishop watches a video on his tablet as he waits for the Pope to arrive (AP)

Pontiff says: ‘We need a Church capable of walking at people’s side’

WYD 2013: Pope Francis prays with young Brazilian prisoners

Francis arrives at  Quinta da Boa Vista park to hear Confessions (CNS)

Holy Father also hears young pilgrims’ Confessions on busy Friday