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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

Pope Francis (CNS)

‘The British government is very interested in what the Vatican says’

A nun runs in the relay race on the road leading to St Peter's Square (CNS)

Seminarians, Olympians and children take part in relay organised by Pontifical Council for Culture

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