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Women religious join hands with others during Mass celebrated at the US-Mexico border in June (CNS)

Vatican release report on Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America

The Dalai Lama (PA)

If the Pope had met the Dalai Lama, Chinese Catholics would have been made to suffer

Pope Francis receiving a football from Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (CNS)

Bishop of Salford says that Catholics are all selected for Francis’s team

Pope Francis is shown a dog by members of the Italian Federation of Canine Sports (PA/L'Osservatore Romano)

Commentators have shed doubt on the accuracy of a New York Times report

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Gaudete Sunday (Photo: PA)

Pope made remark during homily on Gaudete Sunday

'Pope Francis obviously holds the Dalai Lama in very high regard but he will not be meeting any of the Nobel laureates,' a Vatican spokesman said (Photo: PA)

Decision seen as an attempt not to upset relations with Chinese government

Pope Francis (AP)

It went largely unreported: now, it should be constantly reiterated. If it is, this could be one of the great pontificates

Pope Francis passes an Argentine fan in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis is given a copy of a book entitled Malvinas Matters

Pope Francis said that we must find global solutions for tackling climate change (CNS)

Pope Francis sent a message to a summit on climate change in Lima, Peru

Cardinals attend a consistory in the Vatican's Synod Hall in October 2014  (CNS)

Francis will also gather the world’s cardinals in February to hear about progress in curial reform