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Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with cardinals and cardinals-designate in the synod hall (CNS)

Pope Francis has named some cardinals members of pontifical councils which are widely expected to be merged with others

Fr Thomas Byles

Fr Thomas Byles is said to have twice refused a seat on a lifeboat as the Titanic went down

Pope Francis (PA)

Pope Francis used his Easter message to call for global elimination of nuclear weapons

Cardinal Nichols celebrating Mass in Erbil (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The Archbishop of Westminster joined Archbishop Bashar Warda and the Chaldean community in a celebration of Mass on Sunday

The faithful gather inside St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (AP)

Francis was speaking delivered a message at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday

Pope Francis is greeted by the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (PA)

Francis was speaking at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres

Soldiers in Beni, a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo  (AP Photo/Joseph Kay)

Religious orders say armed men are pillaging villages in the north-east

Francis hands a copy of the bull of indiction of the Holy Year of Mercy to a Vatican official (AP)

Pope says Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation’

Pope Francis (AP)

‘The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more,’ says Pontiff

Vatican Cardinal João Braz de Aviz signed the message from religious (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Nearly 1,300 religious meeting in Rome thank the suffering for ‘their witness of fidelity’