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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

Pope Francis blesses the faithful at the end of the  general audience (AP)

At his general audience, Pope Francis gave the latest in his series of talks on family life

Vatican prelates read excerpts from a papal bull in which Pope Francis proclaimed an extraordinary jubilee Year of Mercy (Photo: AP)

Bishops’ conference initiative will assist people who face having their utilities cut off

Politburo Standing Committee members Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. China does not let the Pope choose his bishops (Photo: PA)

China scraps one-child family policy

The ruling Communist Party has called time on the controversial policy amid concerns over its ageing population