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The man claimed connection to the Pope (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Luis Nobre claimed a connection to the Vatican that helped him and his associates steal £73 million

Pope Francis poses for a selfie during a meeting with 'missionaries of mercy' at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis addressed his newly-appointed Year of Mercy missionaries ahead of sending them out around the world

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  (AP)

The Pontiff said in an interview he had been called by the German Chancellor, after she was angered by his comments on Europe

PETA's vegan pledge has been launched for Lent (AP)

PETA’s Go Vegan and Feel Great for Lent pledge aims to ’embrace Christian values’

Pope Francis told an interviewer that Merkel had been 'a bit angry because I had compared Europe to a barren woman' (AP)

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The Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has been boosted by a significant donation (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The money will be put towards major redevelopment of the shrine’s buildings

Pope Francis talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Vatican (AP)

Francis described Europe as ‘a barren woman’ during a speech at the European parliament in 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron is escorted by prison governer Stephen Ruddy as he tours HMP Onley in Rugby ahead of a major speech on prison reform (PA)

England and Wales’ lead bishop for prisons has said ‘prisoners should be treated as assets to our society rather than liabilities’

Pope Francis shakes hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in February (AP)

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People walks past a Pope Francis banner outside a store in Mexico City (CNS)

The Vatican has updated the Holy Father’s itinerary for the upcoming papal visit