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Francis greets the faithful this week (CNS)

‘Holy Year of Mercy’ will begin on December 8

Pope Francis greets priests and seminarians in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican (Photo: PA)

Francis made the remark in his most candid interview to date

Pope Francis hears a Confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

The Pope says people should leave the confessional ‘with happiness in their hearts and faces radiating hope’

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Pope Francis checks his watch as he talks with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

In just two years the Pope has overhauled Vatican finances and set a striking new tone, but time is running out to reform the Curia and hold bishops accountable over clerical abuse

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in wheelchairs during his general audience (Photo: CNS)

At his general audience Francis says that being old is no time for resting

In 2008, as Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Francis washed the feet of drug addicts  (CNS)

The Holy Father will repeat the symbolic act in Holy Week

Pope Francis has put his life in God's hands (CNS)

My life is in God’s hands, says Pope

Pope Francis has given an exclusive interview to an Argentine newspaper

The vandalised statue of Archbishop Romero (CNS)

Archbishop Romero ‘is very much loved by a majority of Salvadorans, but hated by a small minority,’ says campaign group

Pope Francis hears confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica last year (CNS)

The Holy Father will be taking part in the annual 24 Hours for the Lord initiative on March 13 at St Peter’s Basilica