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Pope Francis greets the faithful crowding the square next to St Francis basilica, in Assisi

Minute-by-minute coverage of the historic visit to the birthplace of St Francis

Armed rebel fighters patrol streets in Central African Republic (CNS)

The Sacred Heart of Jesus of Betharram order has urged international action to stop “uncontrolled lawlessness”

Cardinal Angelo Amato said the murder of Father Miroslav Bulesic was "particularly loathsome" (CNS)

Father Miroslav Bulesic was murdered by Communists amid upheaval after World War Two

Pope Francis (CNS)

Council of Cardinals gather in Rome for three days of talks with Pope on reform of the Vatican

Francis welcomes ‘group of eight’ cardinals to Rome for three-day summit

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis indicates he will push ahead with reforms of Church governance in interview with La Repubblica

Pope Francis reads a speech during a meeting with catechists  in the Paul VI hall (CNS)

Pope Francis outlined three important points for catechists in an address on Friday

Man walks along battered street in Homs, Syria

In a letter released by ACN, Father Frans van der Lugt wrote about the desperate situation in Homs

The saint’s relics are carried out of Westminster Cathedral in 2009 (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The saint who was known as The Little Flower

St Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1) was born into a pious family in Alençon in 1873

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope was speaking during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae