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Pope Francis greets a parent and child last year (Photo:CNS)

His support for firm punishment flies in the face of modern child-centred tenets

Pope Francis spoke about families today (PA)

Pope Francis discussed the role of parents in educating children at today’s General Audience

A young man paints a portrait of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero as part of the preparations for the 35th anniversary of Romero's death in San Salvador, El Salvador (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

Caritas Internationalis adopted the martyr at their conference in Rome

Pope Francis: 'Bishops must have ecclesial sensitivity' (CNS)

Francis addressed the bishops of Italy at the opening their annual general assembly at the Vatican

Pope Francis meeting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis urged the Palestinian president to be ‘an angel of peace’ – he didn’t tell him he was one

A nun present a gift to Pope Francis at Naples cathedral in March (CNS)

Francis addressed an audience of international men and women religious working in the Diocese of Rome

Fr Timothy Radcliffe

Pope Francis names English Dominican priest as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Soldiers drive through the capital Bujumbura last Wednesday (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term in office has sparked protests and an attempted coup

President Abbas greets the Pope at the conclusion of the canonisation Mass (CNS)

Meeting in Rome comes days after Vatican referred to state of Palestine

A Harlem Globetrotter gives the Pope a lesson in ball-spinning in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Coaches must be models of integrity for youngsters at a ‘delicate stage’ in their life, says Pope Francis