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Pope Francis presents a rose at an icon of Mary and the child Jesus as he begins his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Francis says the Year will help Catholics become ‘more effective witnesses’

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

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Emergency workers use a boat in floodwater on Warwick Road in Carlisle. (PA)

In a letter, the Apostolic Nuncio conveys the ‘closeness of the Holy Father’ to those affected

The first Knights of St Columba Mass for the Year of Mercy will take place at St Andrew’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Glasgow on Sunday.

The organisation is offering nine Masses in seven metropolitan Cathedrals in Britain

Mass for the opening of the Year of Mercy in Liverpool (Mazur/

The Year of Mercy ‘calls us to open the doors of our hearts’ to mercy, says bishop

Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

The family of four has been housed despite protests from the state governor

Pope Francis lays a white rose before the 17th-century 'Doors of Mercy' icon (AP)

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Bishop Seamus said at the heart of the priesthood is sacrifice (©Mazur/

Bishop Seamus Cunningham of Hexham and Newcastle proposed the motion on behalf of the Council of Priests in his diocese

A light show illuminates the facade and dome of St Peter's Basilica  on Tuesday (CNS)

Projections of animals and nature were projected onto St Peter’s Basilica on Tuesday night

A homeless man in London (PA)

The money has been awarded to Caritas Anchor House by the The Big Lottery Fund