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The faithful gather in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference issued its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017

The Irish flag is seen in late March on top of the General Post Office in Dublin (CNS)

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Meeting is ‘The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World’

Pope Francis and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro pictured during a 2013 meeting (CNS)

The Vatican is stepping up its diplomatic role in Venezuela’s national crisis

Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal, new superior general of the Jesuits, Pope Francis and Fr Orlando Torres, secretary of the Jesuits' 36th general congregation (CNS)

The Pope addressed 200 Jesuits at the order’s general congregation

Archbishop Christophe Pierre (CNS photo/Mario Armas, Reuters)

Archbishop Christophe Pierre celebrated Mass along the Arizona-Mexico border

A room is decorated with artwork and busts of popes at the papal villa in Castel Gandolfo (CNS)

Visitors can now tour rooms in the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, including the Pope’s bedroom and private study

ISIS fighters torched a sulphur plant south of Mosul (AP)

Francis told the faithful in St Peter’s Square he was ‘pained by the cold blooded murder’ perpetrated in the Iraqi city by the terrorists

Pope Francis speaks with Andrea Tornielli last year (CNS)

The article in La Stampa is headlined ‘Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin’

Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal has clashed with the ‘tyrannical’ regime in Venezuela (CNS)

The Church tilts south

With both the Pope and the Jesuit superior general now hailing from Latin America, the centre of Catholic gravity has truly shifted

Pope Francis greets a girl holding a stuffed animal during his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

Feeding the hungry is an ethical imperative, the Pope told his General Audience today