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Francis hands a copy of the bull of indiction of the Holy Year of Mercy to a Vatican official (AP)

Pope says Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation’

Pope Francis celebrates the traditional Vespers and Te Deum on the last day of the year (AP)

Remember that you will be judged, says the Pope, especially on how you used your freedom and cared for the poor

Pope Francis leads the global prayer in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

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The Pope presides at Benediction in St Peter's on Sunday (AP)

Faithful mark feast of Corpus Christi with historic global prayer

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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An Orthodox church is reflected in an OSCE building in Montenegro (AP)

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Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk

As Benedict XVI begins his own private journey of prayer, we too should give time for Eucharistic Adoration

Home Secretary Theresa May said she supported the Bill as a practising Anglican (Photo: PA)

The marriage Bill has opened a chasm between its supporters and opponents

Tyburn Nuns pictured in Peru

Convent in northern Nigeria will be the order’s seventh to open in 20 years

Westminster Cathedral and its 273ft bell tower (Photo: PA)

Cathedral will join thousands of churches ringing their bells for three minutes next Friday morning