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Pope Francis (AP)

Laws on child abuse and terrorism funding tightened from September

The statue by sculptor Fernando Pugliese (CNS)

The Pontiff reportedly phoned Church officials in Buenos Aires to make request

The wreckage and debris from the runaway train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec (Photo: PA)

Pontiff sends apostolic blessing to all touched by tragic events in Canada

Pope Francis decreed that those who attended would receive one plenary (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope encourages prayers for a spiritually fruitful World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro

A pro-life vigil takes place outside Leinster House in Dublin (PA)

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Sir Elton John performs in Shanghai (AP)

Singer tells Italian edition of Vanity Fair that Holy Father is a ‘beacon of hope’

Pope Francis embraces   Benedict XVI  before the consecration ceremony in the Vatican gardens (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff recites prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St Joseph and St Michael the Archangel

Pope Francis addresses seminarians and future priests and nuns during  Mass in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Pope gives future priests and nuns tips for a successful vocation

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban (Photo: CNS)

External ‘study group’ would investigate transparency and accountability issues

Floribeth Mora holds up the magazine featuring Blessed Pope John Paul II from which she says she heard his voice (Photo: PA)

Floribeth Mora Diaz recovered from apparently fatal illness after hearing voice of pope