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Pope Francis with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi during an in-flight press conference in 2014 (CNS)

Papal in-flight press conferences are counter-productive and unnecessary

During his in-flight interview Pope Francis said 'avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil' (CNS)

No one can be sure – and perhaps we shouldn’t read too much into them anyway

Pope Francis greets a journalist aboard his flight from Bangui, Central African Republic, to Rome on Monday (CNS)

The Pope discussed a number of issues with reporters during an in-flight press conference, including condoms and the Vatican leaks trial

Pope Francis talks to journalists during the press conference (AP)

The Pontiff spoke to reporters on Sunday evening during his flight home to Rome

Pope Francis gestures as he answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Asuncion to Rome (CNS)

Francis answered questions from journalists while flying home to Rome from South America

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard the papal flight from Seoul to Rome (CNS)

Pope gives press conference on flight home from Seoul

Papal Visit 2010: Mid-flight press conference – full text

Full text of the mid-flight press conference earlier today