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Pope Francis celebrates Mass with 300 of his Jesuit confreres at the Church of the Gesu in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

How Francis can save the Jesuits

The world’s largest male religious order is suffering an identity crisis and a decline in vocations. Can the first Jesuit pontiff lead it out of the doldrums?

Bolivian President Evo Morales presents the crucifix to Pope Francis (CNS)

Whatever the crude political message behind President Morales’s crucifix, the Pope transformed it into a higher purpose

Pope Francis celebrating Mass in Nu Guazu Park in Asuncion, Paraguay (CNS)

‘Communion with God always brings forth fruit,’ Pope Francis told crowds gathered in Nu Guazu Park

Pope Francis greets the crowd outside the cathedral in Quito (CNS)

The Pope spoke to crowds outside the cathedral at the end of the second day of his visit to Ecuador

Cardinal, Orani Joao Tempesta, centre, has reportedly been carjacked (PA)

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he makes his way to the main altar in the popemobile to celebrate Mass at Samanes Park (PA)

The Pope has celebrated Mass in Los Samanes Park in Ecuador during the first leg of his tour of Latin America

Pope Francis walks with Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa during an arrival ceremony at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador (CNS)

The Pontiff will also visit Bolivia and Paraguay during his short tour of South America

Pope Francis waves as he boards his flight to Ecuador (AP)

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Pope Francis exchanges gift with Bolivian President Evo Morales during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July

'Mexico City approved same-sex marriage in 2009' (CNS)

The Mexican bishops’ conference has expressed disappointment with the court’s decree