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Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

‘It is a privilege to assist in the important task of appointing bishops,’ said the Archbishop of Westminster

Pope Francis is presented with a gift by Matias Lammens, president of San Lorenzo in St Peter's Square, earlier this year Below: The Pope meets three homeless men at the Vatican on the morning of his birthday (CNS)

Pontiff has breakfast with group of homeless people on the morning of his 77th birthday

Pope Francis also said that he is not offended when some people call him a Marxist (CNS)

Pope Francis has said that women must not be “clericalised”

The Queen Fabiola Children's Hospital in Brussels (PA)

The senate voted 50-17 in favour of the legislation

The Lord spoke to Elijah in the sound of silence Pope Francis said (CNS)

Love and tenderness is at the heart of the Christmas season, Pope Francis said

Police surround Christian demonstrators during march for rights for low-caste Christians (CNS)

Archbishop Couto was among 6 Catholic bishops detained during a Wednesday protest

A girl stands a destroyed building in Syria (CNS)

Bishop Alnemeh demands the immediate release of the nuns ‘who have done no harm to anyone’

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope releases World Day of Peace message

5,000-word message, entitled “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace”

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

Experts praise new Vatican financial laws

Moneyval also requests Vatican bank inspection

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff says it is a disgrace that people end up being ‘thrown away and abandoned’