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Pope Francis greets a young girl during a special audience for the Holy Year of Mercy in St Peter's Square  (CNS)

30,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the jubilee audience on Saturday

Pope Francis speaking at  the Paul VI Hall (AP)

The Vatican has released Francis’s message on the theme of mercy

Pope Francis pictured at the Vatican last week (CNS)

A Christian is a missionary called ‘to proclaim the Gospel with words’, the Pope told the faithful in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis greeting crowds in Paul VI hall at the Vatican (CNS)

In a morning Mass homily, Francis reflected on Samuel’s anointing of David as king of Israel

Bishop Patrick Lynch with Richard Harrington MP (http://www.catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Patrick Lynch met with Richard Harrington MP on Monday

Iraqi refugees who fled from Tikrit and other towns after the advance of ISIS pictured at a camp for displaced Iraqis outside Baghdad last year (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

A new report says ISIS is guilty of committing war crimes and ‘possibly genocide’ against the people of Iraq

A view of the Pskov Caves Monastery (Wikipedia)

Everyday Saints and Other Stories is fascinating collection of tales about the Orthodox monks in the Pskov Caves Monastery

Prince Charles addresses the meeting hosted by hosted by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in December (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The undisclosed gift from the Prince’s charitable foundation was made to Aid to the Church in Need

Young internally displaced Iraqis try to dig a drainage trench after heavy rains in early November at a camp in Baghdad. (CNS)

‘In Iraq, we will celebrate the birth of Christ in silence and tears,’ said Patriarch Sako of Baghdad

An Iraqi Christian refugee girl holds a souvenir of the Holy Family as a boy looks on at a church in Hazmiyeh, near Beirut (CNS/Reuters)

Two Catholic politicians have written a letter signed by 60 colleagues calling on the prime minister to exert influence on the UN