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Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome (CNS)

A spokesman said that priests across North America had already been granted permission

Pope Francis {AP)

‘Don’t be ashamed, I congratulate you’, he tells woman in emotional conversation

Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: AP)

The Pope presided at an evening of prayer yesterday in St Peter’s Basilica

Former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski who died on August 27 (CNS)

Eight minutes of silence replace homily during funeral of the former Vatican diplomat who was awaiting trial on abuse charges

Pope Francis (CNS)

SSPX priests will also be allowed to absolve sins during Jubilee of Mercy, the Pope has said in a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella

Pope Francis listens to a confession in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

What is immediately interesting about the Pope’s letter ahead of the Year of Mercy is the old-fashioned nature of his concerns

Pope Francis (PA)

The Pope has written to Archbishop Rino Fisichella

Pope Francis speaks to Valerie Herrera, the teenager who later sang for him

A teenager sang for the the Pope after describing how she had been the victim of bullying

Syrian refugee children scream as they sit in front of Macedonian riot police at the Greek-Macedonian border (CNS)

Francis said he hopes the beatification of martyred Syriac Bishop Flavien-Michel Malke will give the persecuted faithful ‘courage and hope’

The bishop was beatified on Saturday

Bishop Melki was beheaded a century ago for refusing to convert