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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

Vatican Secretary of State released from hospital after surgery

Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State (Photo: CNS)

Vatican spokesman says the operation went well

Vatican official reaffirms teaching on divorced and remarried Catholics

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

Archbishop Müller says case for the admission of remarried divorcees to the sacraments ‘misses the mark’

Pope Francis welcomes new US envoy to the Vatican

Kenneth F Hackett, new US ambassador to the Holy See,  presents his credentials to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Kenneth F Hackett fills diplomatic post that has been empty for a year

Pope says maternity is ‘special,’ but warns against restricting women

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis makes remarks during conference on Blessed John Paul II’s apostolic letter ‘Mulieris Dignitatem’

In front of Fatima statue, Pope Francis entrusts the world to Mary

Pope Francis and the statue of Our Lady of Fatima (Photo: PA)

Ceremony held in front of 100,000 pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

‘May anti-Semitism be banished from every heart,’ says Francis

Pope Francis met members of Rome's Jewish community on Friday (AP)

Holy Father reflects on Holocaust in message to Rome’s Jewish community

Francis supports the US bishops’ public stands, says Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan meets Pope Francs on Monday (CNS)

Cardinal says American bishops applaud Pope’s call not to focus exclusively on moral issues

Francis, in Assisi, calls on Church to renounce ‘spirit of the world’

Pope Francis greets people who receive help from Catholic charities in Assisi (Photo: CNS)

Pope urges the Church to ‘strip itself’ of worldliness