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Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI audience hall (PA)

Pope says it gave him ‘consolation and hope’ to see so many large families during papal visit to South Asia

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Manila (CNS)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has reiterated Francis’s ‘spiritual and missionary message’

Pope Francis releases a dove in Madhu (PA)

Pope Francis was speaking at the the Church of Our Lady of Madhu in Sri Lanka

A detail from St Francis in Prayer by Caravaggio

St Francis was not above the magisterial teachings of the Church – and neither is the Pope

Michael Keaton at the Golden Globes (PA)

Birdman actor recalls mother praying the rosary and volunteering at hospital

Pope Francis appealed to officials to take care of their spiritual life (CNS)

In his annual end of year address to Vatican officials, Francis says he prays daily to the English martyr

When baby Mariam was born her mother laid her in a bed made from a plastic bag Below: Refugees in a camp near Erbil (Sahar Mansour)

In an Iraqi Christian refugee camp old men savour memories of Christmas dinners and young mothers anxiously nurse their newborns

Sister Nabila Saleh participates in Mass at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza (CNS)

Hold the Christians of Gaza in your hearts

Cardinal Nichols reflects on his recent visit to the tiny Catholic community in Gaza

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope addressed employees of the Italian Catholic bishops’ television station, TV 2000

Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz speaks as Sister Sharon Holland, president of the LCWR, and Sister Agnes Mary Donovan, co-ordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, listen during a the press conference for the release of the report (CNS)

Report of investigation into US communities of women religious released