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'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 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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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’

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

Holy Father also hears young pilgrims’ Confessions on busy Friday