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Pope Francis shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (CNS)

Abbas told Pope Francis he hopes to sign a peace deal soon

The Lenten retreat at the Vatican in 2007 (CNS)

Retreat will take place at centre 10 minutes from Castel Gandolfo

Siblings eat free meals during feeding program at a slum area in Manila

In his message for World Food Day, Pope Francis denounced world hunger

(CNS)

A “due diligence” review was announced on Tuesday

The #notblinkered campaign will run for the next 6 weeks

#notblinkered aims to ‘remove the blinkers’ on pro-life questions

Almost half a million Syrian Christians have been forced to flee their homes since the civil war began (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Patriarch says Pope Francis’s prayers stopped western powers bombing Damascus

The entry for St Peter's on Birmingham archdiocese's website

St Peter’s church in Stoke-on-Trent has been sold to the local Muslim community

Police hold back protestors at the funeral (AP)

Diocese of Rome had refused a public funeral

Pope Francis at today's general audience (AP)

The Holy Father reflects on nature of the Church in St Peter’s Square

Archbishop Marini: 'The Council is not behind us. It still precedes us'  (PA)

Archbishop Marini says he feels ‘desire to experience anew the spirit of the Second Vatican Council’