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German Chancellor Angela Merkel  (AP)

The Pontiff said in an interview he had been called by the German Chancellor, after she was angered by his comments on Europe

PETA's vegan pledge has been launched for Lent (AP)

PETA’s Go Vegan and Feel Great for Lent pledge aims to ’embrace Christian values’

Pope Francis talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Vatican (AP)

Francis described Europe as ‘a barren woman’ during a speech at the European parliament in 2014

People walks past a Pope Francis banner outside a store in Mexico City (CNS)

The Vatican has updated the Holy Father’s itinerary for the upcoming papal visit

Peter Saunders (PA)

The legacy of the abuse scandal is, in many respects, still an open wound for the Church

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (AP/Alexander Khitrov)

Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Kirill on February 12 in Cuba

Pope Francis at a Vatican conference last week (CNS)

A video message from Francis to the Mexican people has been released by the Vatican

Pope Francis greets the crowd during an audience with St Padre Pio prayer groups (CNS)

Members of the groups gathered in Rome to venerate the relics of St Padre Pio and St Leopold Mandic

Syrian refugees at the Lebanon border. Eleven million people are displaced  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

During his Angelus address, Francis also requested prayers ahead of his visit to Mexico

Pope Francis may be set to visit Scotland (AP)

A professor at St Andrews University has invited the Pope to sign an inter-faith declaration against extremism