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Pope Francis reads a speech during a meeting with catechists  in the Paul VI hall (CNS)

Pope Francis outlined three important points for catechists in an address on Friday

Pope Francis issued his first excommunication since become Pope in March (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Australian priest had continued to act publicly as a priest after having priestly facilities removed

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope’s big interview is the biggest challenge yet to conservative Catholics

Truth and love go together, writes Francis Phillips

Nothing had changed in the Church’s moral teachings following the Pope’s interview

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope was speaking during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis tames the wolf of Fleet Street

The Pontiff has restored the Church as an admirable and loveable presence on the world stage

Pope Francis called for prayer for the perecuted church  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Holy Father says we should treat suffering Christians abroad as members of our own family

Pope Francis (AP)

Now he has made a passionate declaration against abortion, on the protection of the vulnerable against being ‘discarded’, because they, too, are in the image of Christ

Photo gallery: Pope Francis in Cagliari

Ten superb images from the Pontiff’s recent visit to the Sardinian capital

Pope Francis poses with young people during his recent visit to Cagliari, Sardinia (CNS)

Francis calls for “a spirit of profound solidarity and compassion” in dealing with migrants around the world