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A Gypsy child at St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, in Rome (AP)

Gypsies are called ‘to contribute to the common good’, says Pontiff

Jesus doesn't want the Church to be rigid, Pope Francis has said (CNS)

Pope Francis has criticised Catholics who only have ‘one foot in the door’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis is popular with the secular media because they think he’s about to abandon the disciplines of the Church; and they have built him up by denigrating Benedict XVI

Pope Francis (CNS)

Piety is not about being ‘hoiler than thou’, Pope Francis said earlier today

Young people dance before the Pope at Rome's Olympic Stadium (AP)

Event in St Peter’s Square will mark 50th anniversary of Catholic Charismatic movement

Pope Francis blesses a child at the Vatican on Saturday (AP)

Intentionally childless marriages can end ‘with the bitterness of bad solitude’, says Pontiff

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

Francis deplores ‘unspeakable suffering’ in Syria in message to charities

No parish summer celebration is complete without a coconut shy                                          (PA)

The best parish fêtes offer something to delight all five of our senses. The worst are marred by nasty niffs

Francis embraces a child during today's audience

Also asks faithful to pray for Middle East during general audience

Pope Francis embraces Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud (AP)

The trip showed Francis’s remarkable persuasiveness is rooted in a gift for friendship