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Pope Francis greets young people during his weekly audience  in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Francis says that Rachel, in the book of Jeremiah, represents every mother throughout history who cries over ‘irreparable loss’

Children sit with people dressed as clowns on the stage near Pope Francis during a special audience with patients and employees of the Vatican-owned paediatric hospital of Bambino Gesu, in the Paul VI Hall (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

The Pope told a group of children that they must ask their grandparents lots of questions and listen to the answers

A firefighter salutes after placing a wreath on a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis made his traditional visit to the statue of Mary by the Spanish Steps in the centre of Rome

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima overlooks worshippers at the Fatima shrine (AP)

On the 99th anniversary of the ‘Miracle of the Sun’, Our Lady’s message is still urgent

Rescuers works at the scene of a train accident after two commuter trains collided head-on near the town of Andria, Italy (AP)

In a telegram, Francis entrusted the protection of the 23 people killed in the crash in the south of Italy to the Virgin Mary

Pope Francis praised the course of women (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Women who serve their families with joy are courageous, the Pope said during a morning homily

Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

For some reason, Mary is often a stumbling block for those outside the Church.

A Filipino woman carries an image of the blessed Virgin Mary as she walks past the damaged Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in the typhoon-ravaged town of Palo, central Philippines in 2013 (AP)

If we think we are too good to pray to Our Lady, we are cultivating a very deadly, sinful pride

Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating Mass on the feast of Divine Mercy in St Peter's Square  (CNS)

The Pope gave a homily at Mass celebrating the transferred feast of the Annunciation

Peter and John running to Jesus’s empty tomb by Swiss painter Eugène Burnand

Word this Week

Easter Sunday, Acts 10:34 & 37-43; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9 (Year C)