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The Dalai Lama joins rock star Patti Smith on stage at Glastonbury (PA)

The Dalai Lama praised the Pontiff during visit to the Glastonbury Festival

Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche (PA)

The L’Arche founder is a deserving winner of the Templeton Prize

Pope Francis waves as he prepares to board his flight from Manila to Rome (AP)

At new in-flight press conference Francis says good Catholics are not required ‘to be like rabbits’

A priest blesses mass graves of victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban (CNS)

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The Dalai Lama (PA)

If the Pope had met the Dalai Lama, Chinese Catholics would have been made to suffer

'Pope Francis obviously holds the Dalai Lama in very high regard but he will not be meeting any of the Nobel laureates,' a Vatican spokesman said (Photo: PA)

Decision seen as an attempt not to upset relations with Chinese government

Only 11 per cent of those surveyed worldwide have a negative view of Pope Francis (CNS)

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Malala Yousafzai, the activist schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban (Photo: PA)

Norwegian committee gives award to two activists from India and Pakistan

Mgr Tomas Halik (CNS)

Ed West talks to the man who has has joined Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, and Billy Graham on the list of Templeton Prize winners

The island of Lundy, off the Devon coast

For five days, I went cold turkey. My mobile was off, my laptop far away. And time slowed down