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Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (CNS)

By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians

Syrian refugee children 
 (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)

Pope Francis has also recently made available a mobile medical unit for refugees in Rome

Pope Francis {AP)

50 inmates from Rome’s Rebibbia prison were given a tour of the Vatican gardens before listening to the Pope’s Angelus address

Pope Francis talks with Cardinal Sean P.O'Malley of Boston (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Has America lost its Roman influence?

The only American bishop currently leading a significant curial office is Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston

A painting of St Philip Neri adorns the retable in St Philip's Chapel at the Birmingham Oratory  (CNS /Marcin Mazur)

The saint who didn’t hunt souls

St Philip Neri was a gentle and joyful saint who had a particular gift to offer the Eternal City

Ukrainian servicemen march with flags during the celebration of the  24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in Kiev (CNS)

Francis urged a ‘response to the humanitarian emergency in the country’ during his address to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

The church of Don Bosco in the Cinecittà, Rome

Canon Law makes it clear that funerals should be refused to ‘manifest sinners to whom a Church funeral could not be granted without public scandal to the faithful’

Migrants line up as they wait for a food ration distributed by the Banque Alimentaire of Calais at a camp set in northern France (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The farce at Calais cannot go on. We either enforce the law or change it

Pope Francis is helped by basketball players to keep the balance of a ball during a meeting with the members of the Italian Sports Center in St. Peter's Square [PA]

Rome is one of four cities to have already launched their bid for the 2024 Olympic Games

A group of teenage girls at a Leicester Square premiere (PA)

Underage girls are being fitted with contraceptive implants without parental consent: this has to stop