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Javier Zanetti presenting Pope Francis with an Inter Milan shirt last year (CNS)

Inter-religious Match for Peace expected to feautre Roberto Baggio, Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi

'Pope Francis beatified 124 Korean Catholic martyrs but it was not given adequate attention in the blogosphere'  (CNS)

If Catholic blogging is limited to Vatican politics and the personality of the Pope then it will run out of steam.

Pope Francis meets Cardinal Filoni back in August (CNS)

‘He took to heart all the situations I spoke about,’ Cardinal Filoni says

A man walks past a sign in James Foley's hometown of Rochester (CNS)

Pontiff consoles family in Rochester, New Hampshire, after killing by Islamists

Maronite patriarch blesses baby during visit with refugees in Iraq

The patriarchs visited refugees and prayed with them at three churches in Irbil

Pope Francis with Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner earlier htis year (CNS)

The president of Argentina called him to express her sorrow following the death of his relatives in a car accident

Protesters hold their hands in the air during a demonstration against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson (CNS)

Residents of the US town ‘struggling to find peace in the chaos’, says Archbishop Carlson

Pope Francis (AP)

Two of the Pontiff’s great nephews and their mother die in Argentina

Bishops applaud as Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with the bishops of Asia at the Haemi shrine in Haemi, South Korea (CNS)

Francis seems to see the continent with a Catholic population of only three per cent as the spiritual battery that will power the Church

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard the papal flight from Seoul to Rome (CNS)

Pope gives press conference on flight home from Seoul