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Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope addressed employees of the Italian Catholic bishops’ television station, TV 2000

Pope Francis is reputed for taking a relaxed approach to security (CNS)

Church officials say Francis has asked that there not be any barriers between himself and the faithful

Pope Francis (CNS)

7,000 dancers plan to tango in Rome for Francis’s 78th birthday.

An Olympic venue? (CNS)

St Peter’s Square could be Olympics venue

Archery may be held in Vatican if Rome wins 2024 Olympics bid

Sister Agnes Mary Donovan, coordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, shakes hands with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi at Tuesday's press conference (CNS)

US women religious welcome Vatican report

Apostolic visitation report marks a new beginning for women religious, sisters say

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