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Pope Francis used his Easter message to call for global elimination of nuclear weapons

The faithful gather inside St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (AP)

Francis was speaking delivered a message at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday

Pope Francis is greeted by the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (PA)

Francis was speaking at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres

Francis hands a copy of the bull of indiction of the Holy Year of Mercy to a Vatican official (AP)

Pope says Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation’

Pope Francis (AP)

‘The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more,’ says Pontiff

Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa, arrives for a session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family last October (CNS)

Cardinal Napier said reports that Cardinal Kasper was the ‘Pope’s theologian’ were worrying

Pope Francis greets Catholicos Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX of the Armenian Catholic Church (L'Osservatore Romano)

Francis laments that nations have ‘not yet reached a consensus on the reading of such sorrowful events’

The banners of new Ss John Paul II and John XXIII hang from the facade of St Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis begins his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

In an age when Christians are once again being persecuted, interest in the English martyrs is on the rise. The saint-making Pope Francis could be the one to canonise them

The Incredulity of St Thomas by Caravaggio

Second Sunday of Easter, Acts 4:32-35; 1 jn 5:1-6; jn 20:19-31 (Year B)

Pope Francis said no sacrifice is too big for the sake of a child (CNS)

Pope says children are never a mistake

Pope Francis discussed the suffering of children at today’s general audience