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Francis has given  'missionaries of mercy'  the authority to pardon 'even those sins reserved to the Holy See' (CNS)

Archbishop Fisichella unveils official prayer, logo, and calendar of events for

A painting of Dante, author of The Divine Comedy

Dante is ‘a prophet of hope’ and ‘herald of the possibility of redemption’, says Pontiff

Pope Francis at the Pontifical North American College (CNS)

Thirty-three per cent of Catholics say that if Francis makes an official statement on climate change, they would alter their lifestyles

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis met Archbishop Antje Jackelen of Uppsala, Sweden, at the Vatican

St Joseph Sister Monique Niraula joins two other women in packing relief material for earthquake victims at Assumption Catholic Church in Lalitpur (CNS)

Truckloads of relief material organised by Church charities has begun reaching remote areas after earthquake

Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy frigate Bersagliere at the Reggio Calabria on Monday (PA)

The EU has said it will strengthen sea patrols by its Frontex border agency and destroy human traffickers’ boats

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their new daughter (Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

Cardinal Nichols says the arrival of a new princess is a source of joy

A Yazidi woman released by ISIS last month (Photo: PA)

The cardinal, who visited Iraq last month, says he is praying for peace in the region

Francis greets the faithful during his visit to Regina Pacis church in Rome (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Francis's message is broadcast during the opening ceremony of Expo 2015 (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Francis delivers live video message at opening of Expo 15 in Milan