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Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The Pope and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talked about the importance of reconciliation

Attempts to make abortion more widely available were voted down at Stormont (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Legislation would have liberalised law in case of fatal abnormalities, rape and incest

Pope Francis urged people to be charitable during the Year of Mercy (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

The Pope says that if the jubilee year ‘doesn’t reach our pockets, it’s not a real jubilee’

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Pope Francis greets British actor Joseph Fiennes, his wife Maria Dolores Dieguez, and their two daughters at the  general audience in St Peter's Square  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The actor attended the Pope’s general audience with his wife and two daughters

Vladimir Putin congratulates Patriarch Kirill on the anniversary of his enthronement on February 1 (AP)

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Cardinal Angelo Comastri places the ashes on the head of Pope Francis (AP)

More than 700 of the 1,142 missionaries attend Ash Wednesday Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis meets the Missionaries of Mercy yesterday (AP)

Francis sends out missionaries of mercy after the blessing and bestowal of ashes in St Peter’s Basilica

The Vespers service in the Chapel Royal (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols was joined by the Anglican Bishop of London for the historic service on Tuesday

The campaign supports abortion for babies up to birth (PA)

The ‘We Trust Women’ campaign was launched yesterday