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People dance the tango in St Peter's Square to celebrate Pope Francis's  birthday (PA)

Pope Francis is 78 years old today

Pope Francis is reputed for taking a relaxed approach to security (CNS)

Church officials say Francis has asked that there not be any barriers between himself and the faithful

A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia (PA)

Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary’s Cathedral, close to where Monday’s siege took place

The main entrance to the Supreme Court (PA)

Supreme Court rules against Glasgow midwives

The court has rejected the case of Mary Doogan and Connie Wood who refused to be involved with abortion procedures

Ofsted launched a series of no-notice inspections earlier this year (PA)

CES challenges Ofsted after it accused Suffolk school of failing to teach British values

Pope Francis is shown a dog by members of the Italian Federation of Canine Sports (PA/L'Osservatore Romano)

Commentators have shed doubt on the accuracy of a New York Times report

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor: 'The future of the Church in our country is bright' ( Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor speaks at the official launch of the Catholic Herald magazine

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis spoke about the extraordinary synod during his general audience this morning

Yvette Cooper has come out in favour of the 'Back Off Campaign' (PA)

The Shadow Home Secretary supports moves to end protests outside abortion clinics

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis has given an exclusive interview to the Argentine daily La Nacion