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Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating Mass at Monza Park near Milan

The Pope ended his day-long visit to Milan by speaking at an annual encounter for young people preparing for confirmation

Child grabs Pope Francis’s hat

The Pope laughed as the young girl removed his zucchetto

Pope Francis kneels before a priest to confess during a Lenten prayer service in St. Peter's Basilica

In his morning homily, the Pope said confession does not simply remove the stains from one’s conscience

young people taking part in world youth day in poland

Pope Francis’s message for World Youth Day 2017 has been released by the Vatican

The Pope will make the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima when he visits Portugal on May 12-13.

christians, isis, terrorism, egypt, religion

The Pope should take the opportunity to draw the world’s attention to the violent attacks on Christians in Egypt

Pope Francis uses incense during a Lenten penance service in St Peter's Basilica

Pope Francis was one of 95 priests and bishops listening to confessions and granting absolution

pope francis speaking during an audience at the Vatican

The Pope has discussed the importance of ‘true dialogue’

The New York priest and author tells Francis Phillips about his biggest influences, cultural retreat, and Lenten exercises

39 girls were killed and others injured in a blaze that began in a youth shelter after mattresses were set alight