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A girl stands a destroyed building in Syria (CNS)

Bishop Alnemeh demands the immediate release of the nuns ‘who have done no harm to anyone’

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope releases World Day of Peace message

5,000-word message, entitled “Fraternity, the Foundation and Pathway to Peace”

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

Experts praise new Vatican financial laws

Moneyval also requests Vatican bank inspection

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff says it is a disgrace that people end up being ‘thrown away and abandoned’

A youth squats inside a burned out car in Bangui Below: Displaced civilians at the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Thousands of civilians take shelter in churches, but parishes struggling to cope

Cardinal Oswald Gracias is one of the Pope's eight closest cardinal-advisers (AP)

One of the Pope’s advisers speaks out after Supreme Court in India restores ban on homosexual acts

Jesuit Father Michael Czerny (CNS)

Jesuit Father Michael Czerny denies claim made by Bishop Luigi Martella

The Time magazine Person of the Year cover

‘Septuagenarian superstar’ Francis picked from shortlist that included Edward Snowden and Miley Cyrus

Bishop Stephen Robson

Bishop Stephen Robson to lead Dunkeld diocese

Two brothers eat a meal provided by a charity in a slum in Manila (CNS)

Caritas Internationalis campaign begins with worldwide ‘wave of prayer’