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The UN will send hundreds of troops to Central African Republic  ahead of next month's elections (AP)

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the war-torn country later this month

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he exits the Baptistry in Florence (AP)

‘I want a happy Church with the face of a mother, who understands, accompanies, caresses,’ Holy Father tells Italian Catholics

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

‘Homilies should be the transmission of God’s grace,’ Holy Father says as he ordains new auxiliary bishop of Rome

Abortion law will now be decided by Holyrood  (PA)

LIFE has welcomed the devolution of abortion law

Assyrians protesting in Lebanon after ISIS kidnapped 200 or so Christians. A number of them have now been freed (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

ISIS’s advance comes as terrorist group releases 37 Assyrian Christians

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Sunday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/11/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis waves during a private audience with members of Italy's pro-life movements at the Vatican (CNS)

Never tire of defending those ‘who have the right to be born to life’, Francis tells activists

Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass today in the chapel of his residence

A French soldier stands guard at St Joseph Cathedral in Bambari in Central African Republic (Photo: CNS)

Comboni missionary says he hopes Pope Francis will renew ‘this beautiful country drenched in blood’

Pope Francis said when he was four he used to go food shopping with his mother (Photo: AP)

The Pope made the remark in an interview with a Dutch homeless man