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Pope Francis (AP)

The widespread appeal of Pope Francis, named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013, must not be wasted

The Time magazine Person of the Year cover

‘Septuagenarian superstar’ Francis picked from shortlist that included Edward Snowden and Miley Cyrus

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski distributes rosaries in St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

It is easier to shuffle papers about charitable giving than to take to the streets and seek out the needy

Nelson Mandela greets John Paul II  in Johannesburg in 1995 (AP)

Catholics supported former South African president’s struggle against apartheid

Pope Francis (PA)

The commission will survey protection programmes and work with bishops & religious

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa speaks during the presentation of a book about Pope Francis (CNS)

Honduran cardinal said the Pope watches over the church like a father

Pope Francis with his Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Reforms will seek ‘a renewal that will truly be a service to the Universal Church’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes plea during general audience in St Peter’s Square

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow (PA)

Pope Francis sends message of support to papal nuncio to Great Britain

Young children beg for food in the Philippines after last month's devastating super typhoon (CNS)

Pope will offer support for Caritas Internationalis’s ‘One Human Family, Food For All’ campaign