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French peacekeeping soldiers patrolling the city of Bangui in Central African Republic in September (PA)

Francis is due to visit the troubled country later this month

Officials inspect the wreckage of the passenger jet which came down on Saturday in Sinai  (AP)

The Pope sent a telegram conveying his condolences to President Putin and the Russian people

St Peter's Square in the Vatican (AP)

Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui were arrested over the weekend

Pope Francis celebrating Mass at Rome's Verano cemetery (AP)

Hundreds of people went to the cemetery to prepare their loved ones’ graves for the feast of All Souls

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico (AP)

Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera has reportedly confirmed that the Pontiff will begin his visit to the country on February 12

Pope Francis (CNS)

Article quoting Pope Francis by Eugenio Scalfari is ‘in no way reliable’, says Vatican spokesman

Oscar Romero was beatified in May (AP)

Pope Francis made the remarks to a group of Salvadoran pilgrims

'The abuse crisis was caused by abusers in the first place, but the crisis became a catastrophe because many bishops were not properly capable of oversight' (CNS)

Group of British priests hails the synod’s ‘brave refusal to accept ideological colonisation’

Pope Francis welcomed over a hundred leaders of the World Jewish Congress (PA)

Pope Francis made the remarks in a private meeting with the World Jewish Congress

Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke about the 'new climate economy' at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (CNS)

Vatican secretary of state suggests Pontiff will issue the exhortation ‘soon’