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Illness always places human existence in crisis and brings with it questions that dig deep, the Pope wrote in his message (CNS)

The Vatican has released Pope Francis’s message for the World Day of the Sick 2016

A Cuban flag is held aloft behind Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (CNS)

President Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro and the Vatican have all called for a lifting of the embargo

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis’s 10th foreign trip will be the longest of his pontificate, Fr Federico Lombardi has said

Pope Francis's nominations for the synod have been revealed (CNS)

Cardinal Walter Kasper and retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels are among Pope Francis’s nominations

Aretha Franklin sings during a memorial service for her father and brother in June (PA)

Pope Francis is visiting the World Meeting of Families as part of a three-city tour of the US

Pope Francis {AP)

50 inmates from Rome’s Rebibbia prison were given a tour of the Vatican gardens before listening to the Pope’s Angelus address

Blessed Benedict Daswa Bakali (PA)

Blessed Benedict will be a great saint for those tempted by modern ‘white witches’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis raised his concerns about the terrorist threat during an interview with a Portuguese radio station

Pope Francis waves to crowds in St Peter's Square  (PA)

Homeland security chief reveals ‘one particular case’ targeting the Pope has been discovered by American authorities

Pope Francis waves after his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

In championing environmental causes the Pope must not allow himself to be seen as someone against industrialisation