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Kenneth F Hackett, new US ambassador to the Holy See,  presents his credentials to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Kenneth F Hackett fills diplomatic post that has been empty for a year

Pope Francis meets Argentine boxer Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez during his general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday (CNS)

Sergio Martinez gives Pope replica of his WBC middleweight belt

The Vatican's outgoing Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone with Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis acknowledges Cardinal’s contribution to the Holy See in short ceremony

The statue has been brought to Rome from Portugal to mark Marian Day and the Vatican’s Year of Faith.

The glorious game of cricket (these players may not appear at the Vatican)

Following its football tournament, Rome will soon hear the sound of willow on leather

The Independent seems to think the Holy See is just another dictatorship (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Talk of a ‘Vatican Spring’ misunderstands how the Church works

Francis welcomes ‘group of eight’ cardinals to Rome for three-day summit

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state (CNS)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin says Pope Francis has created “diplomatic momentum”

Pope Francis shakes hands with Jordan's King Abdullah II  at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis met King Abdullah II and Queen Rania at the Vatican

Benedict XVI (CNS)

Archbishop Georg Gänswein says report was “invented”