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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

Cardinal Ravasi at a press conference on Tuesday (PA)

Early Christian burial sites are now easier to see both in person and via the Internet

Dame Judi Dench with Philomena Lee (PA)

Steve Coogan has said that although he is lapsed, the saying ‘once a Catholic always a Catholic’ holds some truth

Young children beg for food in the Philippines after last month's devastating super typhoon (CNS)

Getting food to displaced residents a primary concern for aid agencies