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Filipino mothers hold their newly born babies in Manila (CNS)

Francis urged a group of Italian business executives ‘to direct economic activity in the evangelical sense’

St Peter's Square in the Vatican (AP)

Spanish priest Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda and Francesca Chaouqui were arrested over the weekend

Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico (AP)

Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera has reportedly confirmed that the Pontiff will begin his visit to the country on February 12

Erica Firpo at the Empty Vatican event, where Instagrammers were allowed in to take pictures

Lucky Instagrammers had the place to themselves for one evening

Pope Francis flanked by adviser Bishop Marcello Semeraro (AP)

The cracks widen at the family synod

The past three weeks have shown there is a real fracture within the Catholic hierarchy. Can Francis find a way to lead and unite the conflicting factions?

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square (AP)

The Pope addressed a special audience in St Peter’s Square to mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster at the closing synod session (CNS)

The Archbishop of Westminster gives interview in which he says synod process is ‘beginning to gain maturity’

Pope Francis (AP)

In a letter to Cardinal Parolin, Francis said until a new apostolic constitution is created established rules still apply

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumba sings the appeal (CNS)

The bishops have called for ‘courageous and imaginative political leadership’ ahead of UN conference

Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives for an audience with Roma, Sinti and others groups of travellers at the Vatican (AP)

The Pope addressed 7,000 travellers to mark the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s meeting with Roma people