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The Dalai Lama (PA)

If the Pope had met the Dalai Lama, Chinese Catholics would have been made to suffer

'Pope Francis obviously holds the Dalai Lama in very high regard but he will not be meeting any of the Nobel laureates,' a Vatican spokesman said (Photo: PA)

Decision seen as an attempt not to upset relations with Chinese government

Francis meets bishops at the end of the general audience (AP)

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Pope Francis (AP)

Francis addresses region’s social ills at ad limina

South African President Jacob Zuma reads his speech during the memorial service for former Nelson Mandela (PA)

Will the public barracking of the South African president mark the beginning of the end for the politics of wishful thinking in Africa?

Nelson Mandela greets John Paul II  in Johannesburg in 1995 (AP)

Catholics supported former South African president’s struggle against apartheid

Aids orphans supported by the Church in Rustenburg

The wonderful work being done by Small Christian Communities is helping sustain faith, life and energy in parishes across Africa

Road tolls have been proposed by the South African government (Photo: PA)

Statement reveals opposition to government plans

Students at St Mary’s meet young South Africans during their trip

Students serve poor in Zululand

Catholic students from West Yorkshire mentor youngsters in deprived region of South Africa

A southern Sudanese woman shows her inked finger and registration card after voting in Khartoum (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Napier says euphoria of Sudan referendum reminds him of the end of apartheid in South Africa