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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’

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

A statue of St Finnian

Saint of the week: St Finnian

The saint who built the abbey at Clonard

Pope Francis meets with young refugees from Syria and Iraq during his trip to Turkey (CNS)

Pope Francis answered questions on the synod on his journey home from Turkey

Vatican bank (AP)

The Italian government has held the funds for more than three years

Pope Francis (CNS)

Speech delivered this morning at the conference on the ‘Complementarity of Man and Woman’

Pope Francis arrives to lead an audience with accountants in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican

Pontiff speaks to 7,000 people participating in the World Congress of Accountants

Pope Francis said he felt united with suffering Christians Below: Video via Rome Reports (AP)

Pope Francis met leaders of the Eastern churches in Rome this week

Archbishop Paul Gallagher in our Christian Adams cartoon

The first Briton to serve as Vatican ‘foreign minister’ is a remarkable personality

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells Malawi bishops to focus on families