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Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg (PA)

It’s been said that Francis represents a rupture with the past, but that is not the case here

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (PA)

Leader of Eurosceptic party Ukip says Francis’s address to European Parliament marks major shift

Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS)

The Church in Africa has a sharp understanding of the transcendent and sacred

Faithful pray at a Mass in Xiliulin, China (Photo: CNS)

China proposal to the Holy See offers hopes of breakthrough

Vatican bank (AP)

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

Penitents wait in line for confession (CNS)

The state has the right to know many things, but it has no jurisdiction over matters of conscience

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 greeting  Patti Smith last year (CNS)

Smith met Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square last year

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