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Pope Francis said he did not want the faithful to be oppressed with the "darkness of doubt" (PA)

The reforms could affect thousands of Catholics worldwide

A Syrian man carries a child wrapped in a thermal blanket as they arrive on Greece. Millions are displaced (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

We hope they can have a future, vicar-general says

Pope Francis, pictured last week, appeared on American television ahead of his papal visit (AP)

Pope praises single mother on ABC News’s ‘Town Hall’

Syrian refugee children scream as they sit in front of Macedonian riot police at the Greek-Macedonian border (CNS)

According to the BBC, more than 350,000 migrants have crossed into Europe in 2015

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS/ L'Osservatore Romano via EPA)

Literally bite your tongue to avoid gossiping, urges Pope

Pope Francis pictured at this week's general audience (CNS)

Francis says Church must avoid ‘false conflict’ between pastors and academics

Pope Francis tries on a pair of spectacles in a shop in via del Babuino in central Rome (Daniel Soehne via AP)

The Pontiff insisted he would re-use his old frames and pay the bill himself

The Chief Rabbi talks to the Pope accompanied by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, right

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis gave the Pope apple and honey during their meeting at the Vatican

Sign painters work on a portrait of Pope Francis on the side of a New York City office (AP)

Huge picture is close to where Francis will celebrate Mass

Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Sean P.O'Malley of Boston (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Has America lost its Roman influence?

The only American bishop currently leading a significant curial office is Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston