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The murdered priest successfully highlighted the suffering of Syrians in a western media that has grown tired of the conflict

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh present Pope Francis with a hamper of gifts Below: The Queen with the Pope (CNS) and video via RomeReports

Queen Elizabeth presents Pope with whisky and venison

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's audience with the Pope will take place in the pontiff’s study  (PA)

Visit will be the fifth time the Queen has been received by a pope in Rome

Pope Francis hears Confession in Brazil, World Youth Day (PA)

By going to Confession, Pope Francis demonstrates the point that we are all in this together

Pope Francis meets with President Obama

Pope Francis welcomed President Obama to the Vatican for a private meeting during which they were expected to discuss issues of social justice

Secrets of the Vatican aired last night on Channel 4 (CNS)

Secrets of the Vatican asks some worthy questions but makes sweeping statements at points

Irish abuse victim Marie Collins Below: Collins speaks in a video interview (CNS)

Marie Collins nominated by Pope Francis to sit on the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minor

A shelf of books in the Vatican library (CNS)

Documents that have up until now only been accessible to scholars to be digitised over the next four years

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo signed the human trafficking accord on behalf of the Pope (CNS)

Global Freedom Network launched at Vatican news conference

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base in Crimea (CNS)

Pope Francis meets privately with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church at the Vatican