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Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (CNS)

‘First and foremost the apostolic exhortation recalls the mercy and compassion of God,’ the patriarch wrote

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis also lamented ‘brain drain’ caused by bright students leaving poor countries

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

Cardinal Gerhard Müller said the CDF could only speak with the authority of the Pope

Pope Francis places a candle on a birthday cake bearing his coat of arms during lunch with the poor at the Mensa di San Francesco Poverino, a charity centre run by Caritas, in Florence (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Labour, SNP and Conservative MPs have tabled a motion praising the Pope’s achievements

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Oxford Oratory, 2009 (catholicrelics.co.uk)

It’s beautiful, utterly Catholic and uncompromising

Pope Francis touches a rosary during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30 (CNS)

The Pope spoke about World AIDS Day at his general audience

Pope Francis has an audience with the participants of a pilgrimage of French politicians from the Rhone-Alpes region (AP)

France’s diversity should be regarded as an opportunity to build a better world, Francis said

An unbridgeable chasm?: Pope Francis greets Cardinal Raymond Burke in 2014 (CNS)

How the ‘dubia’ drama will end

Pope Francis has declined to answer four cardinals’ ‘doubts’ about his teaching on marriage. The Church is now in uncharted territory

Pope Francis talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala (AP)

A Papal visit to Ireland will see the Pontiff enter into a a complex political situation

Pope Francis looks at a painting given to him by director Martin Scorsese (AP)


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The Oscar-winning director was in Rome for a screening of his new film, Silence, at a pontifical university