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Vatican guards salute Pope Francis as he leaves St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The Curia once seemed like a closet of secrets. Now it looks like a model diocese, abbey or parish

Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation today (CNS)

Pope offers encouragement to members of the Church’s highest tribunal

Pope Francis with Vinicio Riva

The Pope’s embracing of a disfigured man in Rome encapsulates the example he wishes to set for the world

Pope Francis (CNS)

He prefers to communicate by means of discussion and conversation rather than preaching at people. But he never places the teachings of the church in any doubt

Father Marcial Maciel Degollado with Blessed John Paul II in 2000 (CNS)

Cardinal Dziwisz makes comments about the late Pope in new book

Pilgrims at Westminster Cathedral (Diocese of Westminster)

Pilgrims queue for hours at Westminster Cathedral to visit relics

‘Glib writers chose to see in Pope Francis’s comments a papal white flag’ (AP)

Despite the enthusiasm of the left wing media, the Pope is not abandoning the traditional battlements of Catholicism

Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who said more than 3,000 people leave religious life each year, with Pope Francis (CNS)

An immense debt is owed to the orders which have been the backbone of the Church’s mission for the last five hundred years

Pope Francis: 'A human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development' (PA)

Pope celebrates All saints day Mass at Rome cemetary

Catholics pray before the Eucharist (CNS)

Thousands of religious are leaving their communities each year. One cause is ‘an absence of spiritual life’. This is a tragedy