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Pope Francis embraces Maurizio Fratamico, with his brother Enzo, during a prayer vigil 'to dry the tears' of the suffering in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

At a Year of Mercy service for those who weep the Pope said the ‘bitterest tears are caused by human evil’

Pope Francis visits the European Parliament in Strasbourg in November 2014 (AP)

It seems odd that the Holy Father should so openly take one side in the controversy over European integration

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen (Photo: Diocese of Parramatta)

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen will lead the Diocese of Parramatta

We must not neglect our prayers for women (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

I felt twinges of guilt when I heard Pope Francis’s May prayer intentions

Cardinal Gerhard Müller with Pope Francis (CNS)

The cardinal said that if the Pope had wanted to change the discipline, he would have given a full explanation

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope said some Christians wander away from the true path like vagabonds

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The European Festival of Joy and Mercy will take place in November

Women listen to Pope Francis during Mass in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (AP)

The Pope’s prayer intentions for May have been released via video

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is lit in red during an event to raise awareness of the plight of Christian martyrs (CNS)

The event was sponsored by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need

Pope Francis arriving for a special Holy Year audience with the armed forces, in St Peter's Square (AP)

Speaking to to the faithful in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis also appealed for peace in Syria