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Pope Francis delivers his blessing while praying at a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome yesterday (CNS)

Francis also prays that Catholics have the courage ‘to go against the current’

Pop Francis speaking at the Vatican this week (CNS)

Francis has called on world leaders and people of faith to work together to rid the world of the threat of nuclear weapons

A bust of Pope Pius IX at an exhibition in Florida (PA)

Those who ridicule the Syllabus have clearly never read it – it’s a handy guide to avoiding doctrinal blunders

The Dreamland site in Margate, Kent (PA)

Margate is worth a Latin Mass

Like Margate, the Church faces difficulties as a result of changes made in the first half of the 1960s

The future Pope holds the hands of an elderly woman and a girl at a Mass in Buenos Aires in 2008 (CNS)

A book that sheds new light on the great mysteries of Pope Francis studies

St Peter Freed by an Angel (1639) by Spanish Tenebrist painter Jusepe de Ribera

An American author makes an admirable attempt to shed light on a confusing period in papal history

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg (PA)

It’s been said that Francis represents a rupture with the past, but that is not the case here

Pope Francis pictured  with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a poster displayed outside a Catholic Church in Istanbul (CNS)

Vatican spokesman says some refugees may be present when the Pope meets Catholic students

Pope Francis speaking to the Council of Europe

Full text of Pope’s second speech in Strasbourg provided by Vatican Radio

Pope Francis at the European Parliament (PA)

The Pope has discussed migration, human dignity and inter-religious dialogue in two speeches in Strasbourg