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Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who said more than 3,000 people leave religious life each year, with Pope Francis (CNS)

An immense debt is owed to the orders which have been the backbone of the Church’s mission for the last five hundred years

Pope Francis: 'A human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development' (PA)

Pope celebrates All saints day Mass at Rome cemetary

Catholics pray before the Eucharist (CNS)

Thousands of religious are leaving their communities each year. One cause is ‘an absence of spiritual life’. This is a tragedy

Pope Francis arrives for the general audience (CNS)

We are a great big family through baptism, the Pope says

The Pope preaches during a mass service (CNS)

Pope addresses a group of Mexican priests during morning Mass service

Pope Francis with Aung San Suu Kyi in the Vatican (CNS)

Pontiff assured Nobel Peace Prize winner of his prayers for the Catholic community in Burma

Pope Francis at an audience for families on Saturday (AP)

Pope urges couples to see marriage as a life-long journey

Pope Francis greets a child during his visit to a slum in Rio in August (CNS)

Must Catholics be poor?

There should not be one standard for the clergy and another for us lay people

Pope Francis re-iterated that marriage was between a man and a woman (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Defending family also means defending a community based on a marriage between man and woman

Pope Francis poses with a Sunderland top that has "Papa Francesco" on the back (Photo: PA)

Pope Francis was presented with a Sunderland shirt by the club’s chaplain