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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

At his general audience, Pope Francis gave the first in a series of talks about hope

A woman wipes her tears during a ceremony in the Saint George church in Bashiqa, Iraq (AP)

Displaced Christians are praying for relatives they had to leave behind in Iraq

Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Bishop organised the raising of millions of dollars to pay ransom to the Islamic extremists

Pope Francis greets Nancy Gibbs, editorial director of Time Inc News Group, and Alan Murray, editor-in-chief of Fortune (CNS)

Richard Branson and other business leaders met in Rome for the Fortune-Time Global Forum

St John Paul II (CNS)

Freedom without the underpinning of clear and absolute values is not freedom at all

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

Russian Patriarch Kirill attends a blessing ceremony in the Saint Trinity Church in Paris (AP)

Patriarch Kirill led a sanctifying ceremony in the Saint Trinity Church

A damaged statue of Mary is seen in a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq (CNS)

Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visited beleaguered Christians in northern Iraq last month

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis sent a written message to a meeting of treasurers of religious orders

Cardinal Zen (AP)

The cardinal said if the Vatican cannot get a ‘good deal’ from the Chinese government then it must walk away from negotiations