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Pope Francis (AP)

Key points from the Pontiff’s apostolic exhortation

Pope Francis: 'A human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development' (PA)

Pope writes that the faithful have ‘obligation to defend those whose basic right to life is under attack’

Pope Francis's document 'take everything from the synod on new evangelisation and puts it in a wider framework' (PA)

Francis’s first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, is published today

Pope Francis at a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Pontiff denounces a cultural tendency ‘to discard’ the elderly

Pope Francis receives a Juventus shirt from Carlos Tevez (CNS)

Argentina striker discusses poverty in Buenos Aires with the Pontiff

Pope Francis with Vinicio Riva

The Pope’s embracing of a disfigured man in Rome encapsulates the example he wishes to set for the world

Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who said more than 3,000 people leave religious life each year, with Pope Francis (CNS)

An immense debt is owed to the orders which have been the backbone of the Church’s mission for the last five hundred years

Archbishop Nichols has said he will 'attend carefully to the outcomes of this broad process of consulation.' © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Archbishop Nichols has asked for Catholics’ views ahead of the Vatican family synod next year

Relatives lower the casket of a man who was killed in suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan (CNS)

Persecution is a localised phenomenon rather than a truly global one

Pope Francis with Aung San Suu Kyi in the Vatican (CNS)

Pontiff assured Nobel Peace Prize winner of his prayers for the Catholic community in Burma