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Pope Francis (CNS)

Diego Neria Lejárraga wrote to Francis after being rejected by his parish, according to Spanish paper

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis’s message to the faithful released by the Vatican today

Sarah Teather MP (CNS)

The Liberal Democrat MP is stepping down from Parliament in May

Fr Richard McBrien (CNS)

The prolific academic and author has passed away at the age of 78

Smoke billows from a truck during a protest  against Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou's attendance at the Paris rally for Charlie Hebdo (CNS)

‘We’re still trying to understand the savagery which erupted here,’ says Archbishop Michel Cartateguy

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope praises ‘beautiful work of mothers and grandmothers’ during Mass

Refugees sit outside St Joseph's Chaldean Catholic Church in Ankawa, Iraq (CNS)

Pope highlights plight of persecuted Christians in homily for Vespers in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

Ukrainians carry a coffin bearing the body of Olga Abdurashitiva, 27, who was killed  during Saturday's Mariupol attack

The Pope’s comments come after the reported killing of at least 30 people by rocket fire in Mariupol

Balloons are released as Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican (PA)

Coloured balloons were released by children accompanying Pope Francis on the last Sunday of January

A French soldier stands guard outside St Joseph Cathedral in Bambari, Central African Republic (CNS)

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia says that the Pope ‘responded positively’ to an invitation from the country’s bishops’ conference