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Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Meeting will focus on preparation for October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

Archbishop of Westminster calls rising poverty in affluent Britain ‘a disgrace’

Couples hold ballons as they wait for Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican today (PA)

Pope Francis addressed 20,000 engaged couples today

Pope Francis greets Stanley Bergman, president of the American Jewish Committee (Photo: CNS)

Francis says Catholics and Jews must work together to create a ‘more just and fraternal world’

Franz von Rohden's Crucifixion, painted in 1854. A full version of the painting is below

Painting was kept in a closet for 30 years

Belgian politicians debate the bill on child euthanasia at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels yesterday (PA)

The House of Representatives has voted to extend Belgium’s euthanasia law to children

Pope Francis (CNS)

Vatican ordered worldwide survey on ‘Pastoral Challenges in the Family’ ahead of synod

Archbishop Francis A. Chullikat (CNS)

The nuncio to the UN said that “widespread persecution of Christians rages”

Pope Francis (CNS)

We have to go to Mass with humility, Pope Francis has said

In Mexico, 26 per cent of respondents rated Francis as 'mediocre' or 'poor' (CNS)

But Catholics in five continents are united in their approval of Pope Francis