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Peter Saunders, chief executive of NAPAC, the National Association for People Abused in Childhood  (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

British survivor Peter Saunders says he would be ‘outraged’ if the Pope failed to join the commission

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Patriarch Kirill (AP)

The Pope will meet Patriarch Kirill on February 12

Pope Francis embraces Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho during a meeting with the Scholas Occurrentes, an educational organisation founded by the Pope (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

Ronaldinho was dressed in a beanie hat

The Pope hears a Confession during a Lenten service in St Peter’s Basilica (CNS)

Why the Year of Mercy might fail


Even practising Catholics have lost a sense of sin

Residents hold baby Jesus figures during a procession in celebration of "Dia de la Candelaria," or Candlemas Day in Mexico. (CNS photo/Jim West)

The Pontiff has delivered a video message ahead of his visit to the country

Pope Francis poses with UN troops from Argentina during his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Pope continued a series of talks dedicated to divine mercy in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis accepts offertory gifts from nuns as he celebrates a Mass with religious in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

The Pope celebrated Mass with thousands of consecrated men and women on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has discussed China’s role on the world stage during an interview with Asia Times at the Vatican

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, looks on as Pope Francis holds up his prepared talk and begins to speak off the cuff during an audience with religious at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis spoke at an event to mark the close of the Year for Consecrated Life

Pope Francis meets actor Leonardo Di Caprio during a private audience at the Vatican  (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

The Pope has reportedly agreed to appear as himself in family movie, Beyond the Sun