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Diego Neria Lejarraga reportedly met the Pope

The hug that could change history

When Pope Francis reportedly embraced a transgender man at the Vatican he offered hope to those who have struggled to gain acceptance in the Church

Rare is the daily homily in which Francis does not offer a pointed criticism (CNS)

Is Pope Francis offering us a new model of how to be pastors, only slightly less quick with a lambasting word than with a loving one?

Pope Francis arrives for his General Audience this morning (PA)

Pope Francis also reflected on the importance of fathers during General Audience

A boy takes part in a commemoration of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero near the 30th anniversary of his death March 20 in San Salvador (CNS)

Archbishop’s killers ‘wanted to attack the Church that flowed from Vatican II’, says Cause promoter

A displaced woman and child flee violence from ISIS in Sinjar, Iraq (CNS)

Violence against women ‘tears at the very fabric of society’, says Vatican diplomat

Pope Francis (CNS)

Diego Neria Lejárraga wrote to Francis after being rejected by his parish, according to Spanish paper

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis’s message to the faithful released by the Vatican today

Fr Richard McBrien (CNS)

The prolific academic and author has passed away at the age of 78

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI audience hall (PA)

Pope says it gave him ‘consolation and hope’ to see so many large families during papal visit to South Asia

Ronan Keating (PA)

Pop star reveals his accident in new interview