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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (PA)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the Pope hopes to attend but his participation cannot be confirmed at this stage

Cardinal Gerhard Müller with Pope Francis (CNS)

The cardinal said that if the Pope had wanted to change the discipline, he would have given a full explanation

Northern Irish pro-life campaigners at a protest in 2012 (PA)

Elections to Northern Ireland’s power-sharing assembly take place on Thursday

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

The cardinal said that Pope Francis had offered ‘a much deeper understanding’ of discernment

Cardinal Raymond Burke (CNS)

Francis ‘is not looking to impose his point of view’, says American cardinal in reflection on apostolic exhortation

Men passing a newspaper stand in Accra (CNS)

In a pastoral statement, the prelates also pledged to support ‘the culture of life’

Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with families at the  stadium (CNS)

Pope Francis delivered a speech at a football stadium in the Mexican city of Tuxtla Gutierrez

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis met with members of the Roman Rota on Friday

Pope Francis leaves at the end of the Mass for families (AP)

Francis urges parents to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day

Pope Francis greets a baby during the audience to exchange Christmas greetings with Vatican employees in Paul VI hall (CNS)

Francis offered pre-Christmas greetings to Vatican workers and their family members at the Paul VI hall