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Confessions are said to have increased across England and Wales (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

Cardinal Nichols noted that there had been a significant increase in Catholics receiving the sacrament in the last six months

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

The cardinal said that Pope Francis had offered ‘a much deeper understanding’ of discernment

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Pope Francis called for selfless witness (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope said that the Church needed courageous witnesses in world which was hostile to the Gospel

Participants in Pax Christi's Good Friday Way of the Cross procession in New York (PA)

Conference attendees called for a new way of thinking ‘consistent with Gospel nonviolence’

A woman collects water at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece.  (CNS photo/Stoyan Nenov, Reuters)

Fr Lombardi said that the Pope’s visit to refugees in Lesbos was a ‘humanitarian and ecumenical’ gesture

An officer from the EU's border protection agency, Frontex, leads a migrant to board a ferry from Lesbos to Turkey (PA)

The bishops said that refugees’ right to human dignity and to protection needed to be upheld

The daunting length of Amoris Laetitia undermines its simple and direct style (CNS)

The Pontiff has chosen to promote debate and diversity, rather than build unity around clearly expressed doctrine. The consequences will be enormous

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience today (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

During his general audience, the Pope reminded the faithful that the Church is full of sinners

An Iraqi-Kurdish refugee family waits to be transferred from a makeshift camp at the port town of Skaramagkas, Greece.  (CNS photo/Alkis Konstantinidis, Reuters)

Pope Francis will visit refugees on the island of Lesbos on Saturday