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Pope Francis exchanges his zucchetto with one given by someone in the crowd as he leaves his general audience in St Peter's Square. Below, Ukrainians attend the general audience (Photo: CNS)

The Pope says the family has always been the ‘closest’ hospital

The move is regarded as a breakthrough on clerical abuse because the new system gives power to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope gives Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith authority to hold bishops to account

Pope Francis has spoken about gender (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Differences between male and female are not just social convention, Francis says

Pope Francis (CNS)

We have a responsibility to seek the good and reject the vulgar, says Francis

Pope Francis's new encyclical will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources (CNS)

The Archbishop of Huancayo says encyclical released this month will have ‘many critics’

A Russia-backed rebel crosses himself in front of the cross (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

‘The cease-fire is being violated’, Catholic leader says

Pope Frances talks to the media on board an airplane returning to Rome (Photo: AP)

Commission took four years investigating alleged apparitions at Medjugorje

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Pope Francis will meet priests, religious and seminarians at the capital's cathedral, during his one-day trip (Photo: CNS)

Ahead of his visit the Pope asks Catholics to ‘stand side by side’ with their fellow citizens

The Pope and President will meet for the second time next week (PA)

Ukranian Catholics hope he will raise the war in their homeland

Cardinal Walter Kasper (Photo: CNS)

The German cardinal appears to backtrack on earlier comments in interview with EWTN