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Pope Francis greets Michael Haines (PA)

Mike Haines met Pope Francis at his general audience this week

Jesuit Fr Alexis Prem Kumar, who was released last month (CNS)

Indian Jesuit abducted in Afghanistan last year says the voice of Pope Francis was consoling

Chiara Lubich, the 88-year-old founder of the Focolare movement (CNS)

Chiara Lubich died in March 2008

Children at Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto. The Church continues to grow in Africa (CNS)

Study reports that there were 1.23 billion faithful worldwide at the end of 2012

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (CNS)

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo announced a week of prayers for ‘reconciliation, justice and peace’

The Pope said we should bear with one another through love (CNS)

Pope Francis addressed an ecumenical group of pilgrims on Friday

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope says giving the Lord praise ‘brings us joy, to be happy before the Lord’

Emer McCarthy interviewing Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto for Vatican Radio (CNS)

Millions of people rely on a broadcaster that has shown it can move nimbly with the times

Pope Francis appealed to the faithful to listen to their guardian angels (CNS)

Guardian angels are not the stuff of fantasy, the Pope said

An official of Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary holds a photo of the three Italian missionary nuns, from left, Bernardetta Boggian, Olga Raschietti and Lucia Pulici, found slain in their convent in Burundi (PA)

Sisters found dead in their mission residence in capital city Bujumbura