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Pope Francis presides over the Way of the Cross outside the Colosseum in Rome last year (CNS)

The full English text of this year’s Way of the Cross meditations at the Colosseum

Bishop Michael Campbell of Lancaster (Flickr/Mazur)

ACTA release statement responding to criticism from the Bishop of Lancaster

Bishop Michael Campbell (Mazur/Catholicnews.org.uk)

It is abundantly clear that ACTA is a pressure group for doctrinal change

A group of refugees picture in northern Iraq (CNS)

Francis has sent aid money to assist people in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and northern Nigeria

Pope Francis carries palm fronds in procession at the start of  Palm Sunday Mass (CNS)

An estimated 70,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Mass at the start of Holy Week

A group photograph of the homeless during their visit to the Sistine Chapel  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Holy Father asked the group to pray for him: ‘I’m in need of prayers by people like you’

The Pope and president at a previous meeting last year (PA)

It will be the first time that Pope Francis has ever visited the United States

Pope Francis greets Michael Haines (PA)

Mike Haines met Pope Francis at his general audience this week

Faithful pray in front of the exposition of the Shroud of Turin (Photo: CNS)

The Pope will spend two days in Turin in June

Cardinal Vincent Nichols will participate in the Synod in October in Rome (PA)

The cardinal was responding to a letter signed by almost 500 priests