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A detail from St Francis in Prayer by Caravaggio

St Francis was not above the magisterial teachings of the Church – and neither is the Pope

Pope Francis will begin his papal visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines tomorrow (CNS)

Francis will be welcomed in Sri Lanka by the country’s new president

Cardinal-designate José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán was sent a WhatsApp message by his sister (CNS)

Panama bishop received news of his appointment on his smartphone

Pope Francis (AP)

The Vatican has released a translation of the speech delivered by Francis at the Apostolic Palace

Pope Francis greets a baby at the Vatican earlier this year (CNS)

The Pope baptised 33 infants during a Mass yesterday

Pope Francis greets Tahsin Said Ali Beg, a leader of the Yazidi people (CNS)

Delegates talked about the way Christians and Yazidis in Iraq have helped each other

Manny Pacquiao prays following his split decision loss to Timothy Bradley in June 2012

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s embracing of Protestantism means the Catholic Church in the Philippines has a fight on its hands

Pope Francis prays at a vigil in St Peter's Square last year. 'We pray, in this Mass, for the victims of this cruelty – so many of them – and we pray also for the perpetrators of such cruelty, that the Lord might change their heart' (Photo: PA)

In a homily the Pope laments the cruelty of terrorism

Pope Francis caresses a baby after his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican (PA)

Pope Francis addressed 4,000 people during his general audience today

Cardinal-designate Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar

Burmese Buddhist nationalists have been targeting Muslim groups