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Pope Francis waves to an audience of some 9,000 altar servers in St Peter's Square [CNS]

The Pope held an evening meeting yesterday with some 9,000 altar servers

La Civilta Cattolica published an interview last week with Cardinal Cottier (CNS)

Cardinal Georges Cottier has called for a merciful approach ahead of the family synod

Main square, St. Mary's Basilica seen in nighttime view of Krakow

Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this Year of Mercy”

Pope Francis blesses faithful during the Angelus noon prayer he delivered from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican

The Pope made his appeal during his Angelus address on Sunday

New Extremism Disruption Orders should be applied to those who “teach”  Christian views about marriage in the classroom (PA)

Mark Spencer MP wants to introduce banning orders which would prevent schools teaching about the Christian definition of marriage

'Women Betrayed' rally demonstrates in Iowa

A majority of Congressman voted to block attempts to defund the country’s largest abortion provider

20 Catholic children are due to start the school in September

The Merseyside school will close next summer due to a £470,000 funding crisis

Pope Francis is helped by basketball players to keep the balance of a ball during a meeting with the members of the Italian Sports Center in St. Peter's Square [PA]

Rome is one of four cities to have already launched their bid for the 2024 Olympic Games

Pilgrims carry an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe toward the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City [PA]

Around 200-300 people were walking towards a church when the accident happened in the state of Zacatecas

This is the logo for the Holy Year of Mercy, which opens on December 8 [CNS]

The year-long extraordinary jubilee will include a number of individual jubilee days for specific groups of people