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The full text of the four cardinals’ letter, preceded and followed by their explanatory notes, is below:

Francis invited homeless people to one of his last Masses held during the Year of Mercy

The boat ‘represents tradition’ as well as the reality of migrants crossing the Mediterranean

National and state-level votes suggest the hierarchy may be losing touch with its people

Speaking to 4,000 homeless people, he asked for a pardon for all those who ‘look the other way’

The Pope said he simply wanted to understand the suffering that politicians ’cause to the poor’

In his notes for the book Pope Francis said even in St Peter’s Square he tries ‘to look at a precise face’ rather than just a crowd

The Pontiff told the faithful they should do what they can to restore prisoners integrity

The Pontiff has said that disloyalty and the desire for power prevent us from serving God

Pope Francis met with clergy and women religious who work with victims of human trafficking