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Pope Francis sent a message of support to Archbishop Mennini (CNS)

Pope Francis sent his blessing to everyone who promotes human dignity

Cardinal O'Malley reiterated the Church's opposition to the practice (CNS)

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and Archbishop Thomas Wenski released a statement on the death penalty last week

Fr Robert Barron (CNS)

Fr Barron is one of three new auxiliary bishops appointed by Pope Francis

Cologne Cathedral (CNS)

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Gov Jerry Brown (PA)

Gov Jerry Brown was speaking ahead of meetings organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on climate change

Pope Francis pictured in Paraguay earlier this month (CNS)

The Pontiff spoke to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday before reciting the Angelus

Pope Francis gestures as he answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Asuncion to Rome (CNS)

Francis answered questions from journalists while flying home to Rome from South America

Bolivian President Evo Morales presents the crucifix to Pope Francis (CNS)

Whatever the crude political message behind President Morales’s crucifix, the Pope transformed it into a higher purpose

Pope Francis celebrating Mass in Nu Guazu Park in Asuncion, Paraguay (CNS)

‘Communion with God always brings forth fruit,’ Pope Francis told crowds gathered in Nu Guazu Park

Pope Francis embraces children as he speaks at the the Acosta Nu pediatric hospital in San Lorenzo (PA)

The Holy Father spent time at the Ninos de Acosta Nu paediatric hospital on Saturday