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Pope Francis talks during a meditation on mercy at St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, in Rome (AP)

Francis was speaking to the national directors of the pontifical mission societies at a meeting in Rome

Pope Francis prays during the opening session of the Italian Episcopal Conference (AP)

Pope Francis opened the Italian bishops’ conference annual assembly in the Vatican

Pope Francis checks his watch as he talks with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

In just two years the Pope has overhauled Vatican finances and set a striking new tone, but time is running out to reform the Curia and hold bishops accountable over clerical abuse

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope encourages Christians to be passionate for “the proclamation of the joy of the Gospel” in message for World Mission Sunday