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Pope Francis {AP)

50 inmates from Rome’s Rebibbia prison were given a tour of the Vatican gardens before listening to the Pope’s Angelus address

Bishops arrive at a morning session of last October's synod (PA)

An extract from a new e-book by Edward Pentin is required reading ahead of the upcoming synod on the family

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic in November

The internet tests some of our deepest assumptions about how civilisation works (AP)

A click away from meltdown

Hostile governments, criminals and pranksters are relentlessly attacking the Vatican’s computer systems. It may not be long before they breach its defences

Pope Francis tries on a pair of spectacles in a shop in via del Babuino in central Rome (Daniel Soehne via AP)

The Pontiff insisted he would re-use his old frames and pay the bill himself

Former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski who died on August 27 (CNS)

Eight minutes of silence replace homily during funeral of the former Vatican diplomat who was awaiting trial on abuse charges

Bring Back Our Girls campaigners in Abuja raise candles during a gathering on August 27 to mark the 500th day that more than 200 girls of the Government Secondary School were abducted by Boko Haram  (CNS)

Cardinal Onaiyekan said he hoped the 500 day event would be a ‘symbolic catalyst’ for stirring the Nigerian community

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski

Wesołowski was under house arrest while awaiting trial on child sex abuse charges

Statue of Mary at Medjugorje

Medjugorje reportedly sees a decline in pilgrims after the Pope says a ruling on the apparitions is imminent

St Peter's Square  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Corrine Barber, from Scotland, has been given a prognosis of five to twelve months to live