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Pope Francis hears a confession in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis made the plea at a penitential liturgy in St Peter’s Basilica before hearing Confessions

Cardinal George Pell leaves the Quirinale hotel in Rome after meeting members of the Australian group of clerical abuse victims (PA)

The cardinal said any resignation would be taken as an admission of guilt

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, who died in 1906, is likely to be declared a saint this year

The interior of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Rome is seen in this undated photo. The chapel is the only building at the Vatican designed by an American (CNS photo/courtesy of Astorino)

American architect of the Pope’s guesthouse chapel felt he became a ‘pencil in God’s hands’

Pope Francis hears Confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Let’s hope that our churches are thrumming with activity

Pakistan news agencies are reporting that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to Pakistan (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Despite reports by the country’s news agencies the Vatican says ‘no travel programme’ is currently being studied

Pope Francis greets bishops during his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

But God will always turn the gravest of sins ‘white as snow’, Francis says at his general audience

Pope Francis has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The winner of the prestigious prize will be announced in October

Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the award for best actor at the Oscars on Sunday (AP)

At a conference on environmental issues, Sister Aloha Vergara urged Catholics to ‘be like Leonardo DiCaprio’

Pope Francis visits the San Carlo Community, a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation centre in the outskirts of Rome (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)

Francis made a surprise appearance at the San Carlo Community in Rome