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Pope Francis's document 'take everything from the synod on new evangelisation and puts it in a wider framework' (PA)

Francis’s first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, is published today

Pope Francis shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience. Below: The pair sit down for talks (CNS and video via Rome Reports )

Peace in the Middle East top of the agenda as Pontiff welcomes Russian President to the Vatican

Peter O'Toole in a scene from Katherine of Alexandria

Veteran actor among high-profile cast depicting life of 3rd century saint

Pope Francis venerates what are believed to be the relics of St Peter (Photo: CNS)

After the Mass Pope Francis handed out copies of his first apostolic exhortation

Fr Alec Reid wins the Tipperary Person of the Year award in 2006 (PA)

Fr Alec Reid was a secret go-between in the 1980s and hailed as ‘chaplain of the peace process’

A screen shot of the simpler version of the questionnaire

One diocese’s survey draws 1,600 responses even though it is only available on request

Pope Francis prays in St Peter's (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis adores Blessed Sacrament while visiting Camaldolese nuns in Rome

Pope Francis greets faithful as he tours St. Peter's Square during his weekly general audience at the Vatican (PA)

At his general audience this week, Pope Francis revealed that he receives the sacrament every fortnight

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia of Bossangoa (CNS)

More than 35,000 people are living on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff holds two-hour private meeting with patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches