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Pope Francis with his Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Council and Pontiff thought to be working on plans to reorganise Curia

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

The Seven Holy Founders (February 17) met at a pious fraternity devoted to Mary

Daily readings: February 16-22

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Sixth Sunday of the Year, Sir 15:15-20; Ps 119; 1 Cor 2:6-10; Mt 5:17-37 (Year A)