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Pope Francis during a press conference on the flight back to Italy after his departure from Rio de Janeiro

'Who am I to judge gay people?' Pope Francis marks shift in Catholic attitude to homosexuality on Brazil trip

'If someone is gay and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him? You should not discriminate against or marginalise these people, and the Catechism says this as well'

Pope Francis ends first foreign trip with mass for crowd of three million people at Copacabana Beach

Overnight pilgrims camped out on the famous stretch of beach ahead of a Mass to be celebrated there later on Sunday

The 'bread tank' in Rio highlights the need for funding towards anti poverty projects and not military ones

Bread tank appears in Rio de Janeiro

A bread tank has been installed in Rio de Janeiro in order to raise awareness of the fight against poverty.

Pope Francis celebrated the first public Mass of his trip to Brazil

The Pope in Brazil: Francis tells Catholics to resist “idols” of money, power, pleasure

Thousands packed into the cavernous Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida to greet their fellow South American

Small explosive is discovered during Pope's sanctuary visit in Brazil

Around 300 people clashed with riot police, as Pope Francis embarks on tour of potentially dangerous locations across Brazil

Bomb found at Brazilian shrine ahead of Pope's visit

The device, discovered in a lavatory at one of the country's most revered shrines, was detonated safely

Pope's bank clean-up man 'found stuck in lift with rent boy'

As the man charged with cleaning out the stables at the scandal-struck Vatican bank, Monsignor Battista Ricca will need Machiavellian cunning, good fortune and a whiter-than-white record to have even a fighting chance.

The Penitentiary said that Pope Francis' Twitter account, which has already gathered seven million followers, would be one such medium to follow the 'rites and pious exercises'

One hell of a deal: Pope Francis offers reduced time in Purgatory for Catholics that follow him on Twitter

Court in charge of forgiveness of sins says those that follow upcoming event via social media will be granted indulgences

Jimmy Savile with Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher made repeated attempts to get Jimmy Savile knighted – despite pleas from concerned aides

Former Prime Minister made four attempts to appoint disgraced presenter to knighthood before succeeding in 1990

A photo of the late Pope John Paul II hanging from a stage set up near St Peter's Square in Rome

Pope John Paul II to become saint in fastest canonisation in modern times

Pope Francis confirms his predecessor's 'second miracle' - marking fastest progression to sainthood in modern times

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot

Vatican official, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, arrested in corruption plot

Monsignor Nunzio Scarano is already under investigation in an alleged money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank

John Paul II’s canonisation is likely to be on 20 October

Former pope, John Paul II, close to being declared a saint

His canonisation is likely to be on 20 October, just after the 35th anniversary of his election

Pope Francis meets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Rome

Pope Francis has welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby in Rome, the first time the two church leaders have met.

Cosmo Sarson's breakdancing Jesus in Bristol

Municipal art: Jesus Christ, that mural is enormous! Breakdancing Messiah takes Bristol by storm

The city of Bristol boasts a striking new landmark after the unveiling of a giant mural depicting a breakdancing Jesus Christ.

Hell depicted in an engraving by Gustave Dore, illustrating Canto XXV of Dante’s Inferno, written circa 1310

What the Hell? Vatican caught in two minds over damnation for non-believers

The ‘infallible’ Pope’s proclamation that atheists will go to heaven has led to a rebuke from officials who declared they will go to hell. Jonathan Owen reports on the controversy

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