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Pope Francis wrote an open letter to La Repubblica (AP)

In God’s eyes young pilgrims are ‘apostles of the kingdom’, Pope says in St Peter’s Square

Free Syrian Army fighters take positions as one of them fires his weapon towards what they say are snipers loyal to Syrian President (CNS)

Pope Francis will lead thousands in St Peter’s Square in a prayer vigil for peace on Saturday evening

Pope Francis waves to the faithful after the Angelus (AP)

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Archbishop Pietro Parolin (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin replaces Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Basilica of St Augustine, Rome (Photo: CNS)

The Pope celebrated the saint’s feast day with Augustinians

Pope Francis shakes hands with Jordan's King Abdullah II  at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis met King Abdullah II and Queen Rania at the Vatican

'When we use our tongue to speak badly of our brother or sister, we use it to kill God' (Photo: CNS)

Francis told Alejandra Pereyra a letter she wrote him “touched his heart”

King Abdullah II of Jordan will meet Pope Francis this week (PA)

Pontiff to interrupt summer break for talks in Rome

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope will preside over Mass at Basilica of Sant’Agostino on Wednesday

Civilians amid the rubble after shelling in Aleppo (CNS)

Pope Francis calls again for an end to the fighting in Syria