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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

'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