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Pope Francis receives a gift from Italy's Gianluigi Buffon, and Argentina's Lionel Messi at the Vatican (CNS)

Lionel Messi hails “one of the most special days of my life”

Lionel Messi leads delegation ahead of friendly match

People crowd a sport hall set up for the funeral service of some of the victims of Sunday's bus crash, in Pozzuoli, near Naples (Photo: PA)

Victims were returning to Naples after three-day pilgrimage to Catholic shrines

Youths surround Pope Francis as he meets with students from Jesuit schools

‘The healing of a visually impaired person has special symbolic meaning,’ says Pope

People view relics of the martyrs in the Cathedral of Otranto (Photo: CNS)

Pope’s first canonisation will recognise Blessed Antonio Primaldo and the townsfolk of Otranto

The body of St Zita lies in the Basilica of San Frediano in Lucca, Italy

The body of St Zita (Aprl 27) is paraded through the streets of Lucca every year

The Archbishop of Canterbury strikes the West Door of Canterbury Cathedral

The ecumenical process will be enlivened by the Pontiff and archbishop having some spirited rows

Russia Punks vs Putin

Among the victims of the Putin-Orthodox alliance are Russia’s Catholic minority

What makes a country third world?

Policemen who don’t expect a tip

A schoolgirl in Twickenham waits for the Pope with a crucifix and Vatican flag (PA photo)