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Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions (PA)

Law does not ‘prohibit gender-specific abortions,’ writes Keir Starmer in letter to Attorney General

Pope Francis (AP)

Meeting to discuss subject of the family will be held in October 2014

Faithful gather near a giant screen broadcasting the Angelus prayer of Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square yesterday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope asks faithful in St Peter’s to pray for African boat victims

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis greets a Legionary priest in 2011 (CNS)

Papal delegate summons members to extraordinary general chapter

Child waves a flag as Pope Francis arrives at the Caritas residence in the Italian pilgrimage town of Assisi (CNS)

53 per cent of American Catholics view Pope Francis favourably

A  flag with the word 'Vergogna' (disgrace) in Lampedusa after last year's disaster (AP)

Fr Stefano Nastasi describes shock at seeing bodies of the victims on pier

Pope Francis greets people who receive help from Catholic charities in Assisi (Photo: CNS)

Pope urges the Church to ‘strip itself’ of worldliness

Pope’s visit to Assisi in pictures

Here we present the best pictures of Pope Francis’s day in Assisi so far

Pope Francis prays during a meeting with his cardinal advisers (Photo: CNS)

Fr Lombardi says changes will not be merely cosmetic

Pope Francis greets the faithful crowding the square next to St Francis basilica, in Assisi

Minute-by-minute coverage of the historic visit to the birthplace of St Francis