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St John Paul II pictured during a visit to Paris in 1980 (CNS)

The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul II aired on BBC One on Monday night

Marie Collins, right, is a member of the Commission for the Protection of Minors (PA)

Marie Collins said the Curia has shown ‘great resistance’ to proposals made by the the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors

Pope Francis poses for a selfie during a meeting with 'missionaries of mercy' at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis addressed his newly-appointed Year of Mercy missionaries ahead of sending them out around the world

A man reaches for the box containing the mortal remains of Padre Pio (AP)

Perhaps an unwillingness to consider such devotions highlights a lack of humility

Pope Francis talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Vatican (AP)

Francis described Europe as ‘a barren woman’ during a speech at the European parliament in 2014

Pope Francis at a Vatican conference last week (CNS)

A video message from Francis to the Mexican people has been released by the Vatican

Pope Francis greets the crowd during an audience with St Padre Pio prayer groups (CNS)

Members of the groups gathered in Rome to venerate the relics of St Padre Pio and St Leopold Mandic

Syrian refugees at the Lebanon border. Eleven million people are displaced  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

During his Angelus address, Francis also requested prayers ahead of his visit to Mexico

Emergency rescue workers continue to search the rubble of a collapsed building complex in Tainan (AP)

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the city of Tainan on Saturday

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Patriarch Kirill (AP)

The Pope will meet Patriarch Kirill on February 12