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Nuns and faithful hold candles as they attend the Via Crucis  service in 2015 (CNS)

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti meditations for the Good Friday service refer to modern martyrs killed ‘in every corner of the globe’

Pope Francis ordains Archbishop Peter B. Wells, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Spanish Bishop Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has ordained two Vatican officials as bishops

President Obama is greeted by Cardinal Jaime Ortega last night (AP)

Cardinal Ortega, along with Pope Francis, played a part in the ‘Cuban Thaw’ of diplomatic relations with the US

A man leaves carnations at the site of the bombing in Istanbul (AP)

The Pope has also expressed his sorrow at the the recent plane crash in Russia and bus crash in Spain

Pope Francis shakes hands with Kevin Systrom, CEO and co-founder of Instagram (L' Osservatore Romano/pool photo via AP)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckberg posted a welcome message to the Pontiff

Cathedral of St Gregory the Illuminator in Yerevan, Armenia (CNS)

Vatican spokesman revealed that the trip may take place in June

Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Pope Francis led the Palm Sunday Mass with more than 60,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square

Cardinal Kasper famously insisted that the family synod's final text 'opened a door' for his proposal (AP)

Could the Kasper proposal, decisively rejected by the synod fathers, really be in the papal text?

Pope Francis dries the foot of a toddler at Rebibbia Prison in Rome (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)

Why foot-washing still shocks us

For 2,000 years Christians have struggled to accept Jesus’s revolutionary gesture. The Pope’s Holy Thursday visits help to reveal the rite’s true meaning

Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments (PA)

The Vatican liturgy chief reportedly said that priests should act according to their own conscience