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Pope Francis hears Confessions inside St Mary of the Angels Basilica (AP)

Pontiff says that in the Year of Mercy it’s ‘ever clearer that the path of forgiveness can truly renew the Church and the world’

St Louis de Montfort

As a poor young priest, St Louis was helped by a mistress of the king of France

Pope Francis prays in front of a Nativity scene during a visit to the  Franciscan shrine in Greccio, Italy (CNS)

Francis made a surprise visit to the place where St Francis of Assisi created the world’s first Nativity scene

Meinrad Scherer-Emunds and his son, Stefan, have their photo taken in front of a life-size "Flat Francis" in Daley Plaza in Chicago last month (CNS)

A community rebuilt from the ashes

Classrooms exploded as the pupils stood at the windows, killing them instantly

The spectacular Room 50a at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

No one who visits the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Room 50A will leave thinking the Middle Ages were backward

Pope Francis is expected to release his encyclical in June (CNS)

The title is taken from a prayer written by St Francis of Assisi

Loving nature means loving God (CNS)

A proper love of Creation is firmly rooted in the Bible

'The Pope is austere but not puritanical: a rare combination that explains his popularity' (CNS)

Two new books take very different approaches to analysing Pope Francis

The tomb of St. Francis of Assisi. It's the first time the manuscripts have ever left Italy (CNS)

Collection of manuscripts have not left Italy for 700 years

Pope Francis, as cardinal of Buenos Aires, washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users (CNS)

As well as the Pope, Catholics can also take their lead from Archbishop Fulton Sheen