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The Vatican said it hoped for ‘serene collaboration’ with the US on a number of issues

The US president said it was a ‘very great honour’ to meet the Pope

The Pope said he was ‘deeply saddened’ by the loss of life and invoked God’s blessing upon the nation

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President Michael D Higgins presented Pope Francis with a commissioned sculpture to signify a ‘call to action’ on climate change

He said that his selection reflects the Catholic Church’s universal nature

The Holy Father startled residents of Ostia, who had been expecting a parish priest

‘You are precious in God’s eyes, and you are precious to the Church,’ Pope Francis said

Research that destroys embryos is part of a ‘throwaway culture’, the Pontiff said

Fr Salvatore Perrella says the Church has not yet distinguished between the phases of a particular series of apparitions