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A Mexican soldier stands guard outside Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (Photo: CNS)

Papal team are investigating Ciudad Juarez in advance of the Pope’s February trip

Pope Francis blesses the faithful at the end of the  general audience (AP)

At his general audience, Pope Francis gave the latest in his series of talks on family life

The UN will send hundreds of troops to Central African Republic  ahead of next month's elections (AP)

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the war-torn country later this month

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he exits the Baptistry in Florence (AP)

‘I want a happy Church with the face of a mother, who understands, accompanies, caresses,’ Holy Father tells Italian Catholics

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

‘Homilies should be the transmission of God’s grace,’ Holy Father says as he ordains new auxiliary bishop of Rome

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

The business of interpreting the Holy Father has become a full-time job for some commentators, and it is hard to see who, apart from them, benefits

A Church of the poor?  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Is the Church rich? It depends

But there is one country where the Church seems to be very wealthy

Pope Francis waves during a private audience with members of Italy's pro-life movements at the Vatican (CNS)

Never tire of defending those ‘who have the right to be born to life’, Francis tells activists

Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass today in the chapel of his residence

A French soldier stands guard at St Joseph Cathedral in Bambari in Central African Republic (Photo: CNS)

Comboni missionary says he hopes Pope Francis will renew ‘this beautiful country drenched in blood’