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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

Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor: 'The future of the Church in our country is bright' ( Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor speaks at the official launch of the Catholic Herald magazine

Pope Francis (CNS)

The real Francis is not the kindly figure in white showing indulgence to all that the world imagines

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis spoke about the extraordinary synod during his general audience this morning

Pope Francis delivers his blessing while praying at a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome yesterday (CNS)

Francis also prays that Catholics have the courage ‘to go against the current’