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Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation today (CNS)

Key quotes from Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis covers a range of issues – including abortion, evangelisation, and Islam – in first apostolic exhortation

Pope Francis's document 'take everything from the synod on new evangelisation and puts it in a wider framework' (PA)

Francis’s first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, is published today

Pope Francis greets faithful as he tours St. Peter's Square during his weekly general audience at the Vatican (PA)

At his general audience this week, Pope Francis revealed that he receives the sacrament every fortnight

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa (CNS)

More than 35,000 people are living on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa

Cardinal Ravasi at a press conference on Tuesday (PA)

Early Christian burial sites are now easier to see both in person and via the Internet

Bishop Mark Davies (Mazur/

Bishop Mark Davies’ appeal comes as The Year of Faith draws to a close

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst  (PA)

Hamburg prosecutors had charged him with lying in a case involving Der Spiegel magazine

Pope Francis at a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Pontiff denounces a cultural tendency ‘to discard’ the elderly

Pope Francis with Vinicio Riva

Vinicio Riva says he felt like he was in ‘paradise’ when the Pope embraced him

Benedict XVI greets Britain's Baroness Sayeeda Warsi at the Vatican in February 2012 (CNS)

Lady Warsi will discuss ‘Freedom of Religion in the Public and Private Sphere’