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Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2016 has been published by the Vatican

Pope Francis speaking at  the Paul VI Hall (AP)

The Vatican has released Francis’s message on the theme of mercy

A Planned Parenthood clinic in the US (PA)

Planned Parenthood cleared of wrongdoing but pro-life activist charged with tampering with a governmental record

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a news conference in Tehran (AP)

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Orthodox Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy, Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, the archbishop of Canterbury’'s representative to the Vatican, give a blessing at the end of a prayer service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls (CNS)

The Pope spoke at a prayer service concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Pope Francis pictured at the Vatican last week (CNS)

A Christian is a missionary called ‘to proclaim the Gospel with words’, the Pope told the faithful in St Peter’s Square

Cardinal Timothy Dolan celebrates the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington (CNS)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan preached at the National Prayer Vigil for Life last week

Pope Francis gives a gift to Rev Jens-Martin Kruse during a visit to Christuskirche, a parish of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Rome in November 2015 (CNS)

Francis will visit the city of Lund in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration to mark the anniversary of the start of the Reformation

Pope Francis with Apple CEO Tim Cook (CNS)

Francis met Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, as his message for the World Day of Social Communications was released

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis met with members of the Roman Rota on Friday