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Pope Francis washes the foot of a prison inmate during Holy Thursday Mass in 2013 (CNS)

The Holy Father broke convention in 2013 when he washed women prisoners’ feet

Benedict XVI hugs Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica last month (Photo: AP)

Is Francis really against Benedict?

Cardinal Danneels, on the one hand, and Cardinal Sarah on the other – the two tell very different tales

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pietro Maso killed his parents 25 years ago in a case that shocked Italy

The lady gave birth yesterday morning in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The woman has been offered a place at a women’s shelter run by the Missionaries of Charity

Pope Francis (AP)

A Vatican spokesman confirmed Francis received the invitation during an early morning private audience

Pope Francis greeting crowds in Paul VI hall at the Vatican (CNS)

In a morning Mass homily, Francis reflected on Samuel’s anointing of David as king of Israel

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco during a private audience at the Vatican, (Filippo Monteforte/Pool photo via AP)

The Pope and the Prince discussed global issues including the migrant crisis and the Middle East

A man waves a flag of Eritrea in front of the Apostolic Palace  (AP)

During his Angelus address, Pope Francis told the gathered migrants ‘not to give up hope’

Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni, the chief rabbi of Rome, and Pope Francis walk down the central aisle during the Pope's visit to the main synagogue in Rome (CNS)

The Pontiff discussed violence in the Middle East during a speech at Rome’s main synagogue

Pope Francis visits the residence for the elderly in Rome (AP)

Vatican says surprise visit highlights ‘the great importance and preciousness of the elderly’