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A young girl smiles as she embraces Pope Francis during an audience for families participating in the pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Francis spoke to a group of parents at the annual pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome

A three-year-old chases bubbles at an event raising money for children with Down's Syndrome (AP/Mindy Schauer)

Department of Health statistics show abortions due to disability have risen by nearly 1,000 since 2011

Bishop Egan said children need a mother and a father ©Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Bishop Philip Egan defended marriage in an editorial for the Catholic Medical Quarterly

Pope Francis delivers his speech for The Peace Factory (PA)

Pope Francis was taking part in The Peace Factory initiative in the Paul VI hall

Dr Alveda King speaks during a 'I Have a Dream' Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington in 2013 (PA)

St John Paul II recognised the importance of post-abortion women

Pope Francis is pictured with youths at a home for former street children in Manila (CNS)

Pope alarmed that many European countries currently have a low birthrate

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope spoke about the importance of family during his general audience

'Amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act that would allow IVF clinics to replace an egg’s defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy DNA from a female donor' (PA)

MPs will vote later today on whether to amendment the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act

Balloons are released as Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican (PA)

Coloured balloons were released by children accompanying Pope Francis on the last Sunday of January

David Cameron admits to playing the ‘infantile’ computer game Angry Birds (PA)

Britain’s gutless churches are partly to blame for our synthetic, petulant outrage whenever we decide we’ve been ‘offended’