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A nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a victim laid on a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy (AP)

The magnitude six earthquake which struck in the early hours of Wednesday has left many dead

Walking sticks are offered for sale to pilgrims near Vega la Valcarce, northern Spain (AP)

The pair spent five days in the open and drank from ditches and animal troughs when their food and water ran out

World Youth Day pilgrims wait in the rain for Pope Francis to arrive at Blonia Park in Krakow, Poland (CNS)

Are young people from the West ready to fully embrace the dangers and delights of Catholicism?

Pope Francis blesses a child  during the previous World Youth Day in Rio (AP)

World Youth Day 2016 is taking place in Krakow this week and the Pope is taking part in a number of events

Young people at a concert organised for World Youth Day pilgrims in Warsaw (AP)

World Youth Day celebrations begin in Poland on Wednesday

A wall mosaic in the Holy Ghost Chapel, part of the Slipper Chapel in Walsingham (Mazur/

The wonder of Walsingham

A huge donation revealed last week will allow the shrine to go from strength to strength

Dr Alessandro Franciscis, the president of the Office of Medical Observations (Simon Caldwell)

A senior official at Lourdes said he is proposing British and Irish pilgrimages as a model for the rest of the world

Masses at the national shrine of Walsingham will be streamed online (Mazur/Flickr)

The national shrine wants to upgrade its buildings and increase its role in the Church

Pope Francis stands in front of the holy door in St Peter's prior to first vespers of Divine Mercy Sunday (CNS)

Bishops back Pope Francis’s initiative for the Jubilee Year of the Mercy of God which starts in December

Pilgrims pray by and view the body of St Francis Xavier during an exposition of the saint in December 2004 (CNS)

‘This is a wonderful opportunity to proclaim our faith,’ said Archbishop Filipe de Rosario Ferrao