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World Youth Day volunteers to assist pilgrims with special needs

World Youth Day volunteers put up a poster in a building in Rio (CNS)

Organisers want to ensure disabled pilgrims are not ‘mere spectators’

UN asks Vatican to account for every abuse allegation it has received

Giuseppe Dalla Torre, president of the Vatican City State court, left, and Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

UN committee that monitors compliance with a children’s rights convention points to ‘list of issues’

Pope Francis approves updating of criminal laws for Vatican City State

Pope Francis (AP)

Laws on child abuse and terrorism funding tightened from September

Pope Francis ‘asks for statue of himself to be taken down’

The statue by sculptor Fernando Pugliese (CNS)

The Pontiff reportedly phoned Church officials in Buenos Aires to make request

Pope Francis offers prayers for Quebec train victims

The wreckage and debris from the runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec (Photo: PA)

Pontiff sends apostolic blessing to all touched by tragic events in Canada