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Pope Francis (CNS)

The retreat will take place at Pauline Fathers’ retreat and conference centre in Ariccia

Pope Francis (CNS)

Vatican releases Pope’s Lenten schedule

Pope Francis’s calendar of liturgical services for March and April includes addition of a Lenten ‘penitential service’

Benedict XVI greets Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze as he arrives at St Peter's Basilica on Saturday

Pope Emeritus responds to letter from Italian journalist

Benedict XVI and Cardinal Vincent Nichols in St Peter's Basilica on Saturday Below: Pope Francis with Cardinal Wilfrid Napier (CNS)

Cardinals Nichols and Napier speak after meetings with Pope Francis in Rome

Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Below: Cardinals-designate Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua, Nicaragua (CNS)

Francis opens two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals at the Vatican

Japanese women bow in prayer (CNS)

Japanese Catholics make up less than one percent of the country’s population

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

Council of Cardinals advise Francis on reform of Vatican bureaucracy

Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz (CNS)

Archbishop Kurtz and Archbishop Skurla confirmed to be joining leadership of Congregation

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope renews Argentine passport

Argentine Embassy officials visit Francis at the Vatican

Pope Francis with his Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Council and Pontiff thought to be working on plans to reorganise Curia