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Pope Francis passes through St Peter's Square (CNS)

Domenico Giani, inspector general of the Vatican’s police force, says while threat is real, he knows of no planned attack on the pontiff

ISIS supporters in Libya (PA)

Taking Christ at His word, we must use this Lent as an opportunity to offer up our prayers for murdered Christians and their killers

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells persecuted Christians that they have not been forgotten

Pope Francis hears a Confession in Brazil in July 2013 (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pontiff urges faithful to receive the Sacrament of Penance in Lent

James Foley: Emwazi appeared in the video of his murder

Catholic mother says ‘we need to end the hatred’

Archbishop Gänswein looks on as the Pope Emeritus meets Francis after the conclave (CNS)

The Pope Emeritus experiment is working

Two years ago Benedict XVI became the first Pope Emeritus in the Catholic Church’s history. Thanks to his wisdom and restraint the historic innovation hasn’t led to disaster

Pope Francis passes Mexico flag in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Pope’s use of the term ‘Mexicanisation’ was not meant as an insult to the Mexican people, according to spokesman

A depiction of St Gregory of Narek

10th-century Armenian mystic, poet and monk St Gregory of Narek to be a Doctor of the Universal Church

St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

Rome on high alert with Islamic State just 300 miles from Italy

Pope Francis and Chancellor Merkel met in the Vatican on Saturday (PA)

The German chancellor traveled to the Vatican to discuss the upcoming G7 summit with the Pope