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Pope Francis listens to a confession in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

What is immediately interesting about the Pope’s letter ahead of the Year of Mercy is the old-fashioned nature of his concerns

Pope Francis (PA)

The Pope has written to Archbishop Rino Fisichella

Pope Francis speaks to Valerie Herrera, the teenager who later sang for him

A teenager sang for the the Pope after describing how she had been the victim of bullying

Syrian refugee children scream as they sit in front of Macedonian riot police at the Greek-Macedonian border (CNS)

Francis said he hopes the beatification of martyred Syriac Bishop Flavien-Michel Malke will give the persecuted faithful ‘courage and hope’

The bishop was beatified on Saturday

Bishop Melki was beheaded a century ago for refusing to convert

Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Church of England bishop for the environment

CoE Bishop Nicholas Holtam urges fellow Christians to get behind the pope’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Bishop Philip Egan said the ‘alert’ is for everyone in the diocese to help put Laudato Si into action

Cuban political dissidets in Havana (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis is due to visit Cuba in September – but group’s opposing the government have concerns

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

US presidential candidate says he is not seeking to own San Lorenzo football team

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia

Cafod and Sciaf have teamed up to produce a guide to Pope Francis’ encyclical, backed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Philip Tartaglia