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Pope Francis (AP)

Meeting to discuss subject of the family will be held in October 2014

Child waves a flag as Pope Francis arrives at the Caritas residence in the Italian pilgrimage town of Assisi (CNS)

53 per cent of American Catholics view Pope Francis favourably

St Francis heard Jesus tell him: ‘Go and rebuild my Church, which you can see has fallen into ruin’

Pope’s visit to Assisi in pictures

Here we present the best pictures of Pope Francis’s day in Assisi so far

Holy Father moved by encounter at the Seraphic Institute in Assisi

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