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Pope Francis holds up the host as he celebrates a Mass for cardinals and bishops who died in the past year, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

The Pope preached at a Mass today commemorating cardinals and bishops who died last year

Pope Francis poses with the Chilean miners and their families in St Peter's Square on October 14 (CNS)

The 33 will be released in America later the month

St Peter's Square (CNS)

New Vatican book: Five key claims

Merchants in the Temple by Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi features claims over canonisation Causes, property valuations and a break-in

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican Bank (CNS)

Merchants in the Temple, by Gianluigi Nuzzi, and Avarice, by Emiliano Fittipaldi, are due to be published on Thursday

Filipino mothers hold their newly born babies in Manila (CNS)

Francis urged a group of Italian business executives ‘to direct economic activity in the evangelical sense’

French peacekeeping soldiers patrolling the city of Bangui in Central African Republic in September (PA)

Francis is due to visit the troubled country later this month

Officials inspect the wreckage of the passenger jet which came down on Saturday in Sinai  (AP)

The Pope sent a telegram conveying his condolences to President Putin and the Russian people

St Peter's Square in the Vatican (AP)

Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui were arrested over the weekend

Pope Francis celebrating Mass at Rome's Verano cemetery (AP)

Hundreds of people went to the cemetery to prepare their loved ones’ graves for the feast of All Souls

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico (AP)

Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera has reportedly confirmed that the Pontiff will begin his visit to the country on February 12