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Sao Paulo Cardinal Odilo Scherer opens the Door of Mercy (CNS)

North America’s only Holy Door at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Quebec was opened on the weekend

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis has approved decrees for 17 on path to sainthood

Franciscan Brother Juan Turios of Action Network prays in 2013 with immigration reform advocates in Washington (CNS)

In the past 50 years, the number of religious brothers has decreased drastically

Pope Francis  in Kenya during his recent papal visit (AP)

Pope’s visit to Mexico: full schedule

Francis is set to visit Mexico in February 2016

Human rights activists hold placards during a rally in early October against the death penalty in Peshawar, Pakistan. (CNS)

The message for World Peace Day is on January 1 will be delivered to world leaders by Vatican ambassadors

Pope Francis uses incense to venerate an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe during Mass on Saturday (CNS)

The Pope made the announcement during Mass in St Peter’s Basilica honouring Our Lady of Guadalupe

Corinne Barber receives a blessing from Pope Francis

Corinne Barber was able to make a pilgrimage to Rome thanks to £9,000 of donations

Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso touches the hands of people in Mexico following Mass  in Sunland Park at the US-Mexico border (CNS)

Francis will go to the border town of Ciudad Juárez during February’s visit

Cardinal Vincent Nichols opened the Door of Mercy at Westminster Cathedral (Diocese of Westminster)

On Sunday the Archbishop of Westminster marked the beginning of the Year of Mercy

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of the Basilica of St John Lateran (CNS)

On Sunday Holy Doors were opened in cathedrals around the world to celebrate the start of the Year of Mercy