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Pope Francis holds a candle during the Easter Vigil in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis offers Easter message of hope after a bleak week in Europe

Pope Francis lies prostrate during the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (AP)

‘No matter how far the hate of human beings can go, the love of God always has been, and will be, greater,’ says papal preacher

A clergyman hears confession from Pope Francis during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Rector at basilica says he has also seen a rise in non-Catholics wanting to go to Confession

Pope Francis hears a confession in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

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Pope Francis washes the foot of a young offender during last year's Holy Thursday Mass at Rome's Casal del Marmo prison (CNS)

The programme includes a penitential celebration and a consistory for several causes of canonisation

Pope Francis hears a Confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Priests will hear Confession at churches in England and Wales on March 4 and 5 as part of the Pope’s ’24 hours for the Lord’ initiative

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Paul Tighe at St Peter's Basilica
(Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Speaking at the end of Mass, Bishop Paul Tighe said he had been ‘called to service’ by his faith

Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a Mass for the Holy Year of the Roman Curia in St. Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis celebrated a Mass marking the Jubilee of the Roman Curia and Vatican offices

Pontifical North American College seminarians celebrate after winning the Clericus Cup in Rome in 2013 (CNS)

The Clericus Cup competition began on Saturday

It was reported that the priest celebrating the Mass knew that they were Lutheran (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

A spokesman for the Catholic Church in Finland has reiterated that the Church has not changed its teachings