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Pope entertained by circus performers during general audience

Pope Francis passes circus performers before his general audience in St Peter's Square Below: Video of performance and  performers move past the Pope (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis tells faithful that baptism gives them ‘unwavering hope and strength’

Pope visits live Nativity scene

Pope Francis gives a lamb a lift during a  visit to a Nativity scene at the Church of St Alfonso Maria dei Liguori Below: Francis chats to two children taking part in the nativity (CNS)

Francis lets a lamb rest on his shoulders during visit to Rome church

Francis urges Catholics to ‘safeguard faith with holy cunning’

Pope Francis kisses a statue of the Christ Child as he arrives to celebrate Mass (AP)

Pope celebrates Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on feast of the Epiphany

Pope celebrates Mass at Jesuit church in Rome

Pope Francis smiles during Mass at the Church of the Gesu in Rome Below: The Pontiff with Father Adolfo Nicolas outside the church (CNS)

‘True faith is marked by the daring desire to change the world,’ says Pontiff

Don’t just observe life ‘from the balcony’, says Pope as year begins

Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

Francis gives thanks for the graces of 2013 on New Year’s Eve in St Peter’s Basilica

Vatican invites Tony Blair to peace talks on Syria

Tony Blair with Cardinal Edward M. Egan of New York in 2007 (CNS)

Mr Blair is among key political experts invited by the Vatican for a meeting aimed at promoting peace in Syria

Vatican hires firm to streamline communications

Fr Federico Lombardi,  told journalists that McKinsey would consider how to coordinate or integrate the many different outlets  (PA)

The Vatican has hired two international consulting agencies

Pope Francis speaks out on human trafficking

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff says it is a disgrace that people end up being ‘thrown away and abandoned’

Pope Francis backs campaign to end ‘scandal’ of world hunger

Two brothers eat a meal provided by a charity in a slum in Manila (CNS)

Caritas Internationalis campaign begins with worldwide ‘wave of prayer’

Bishop is asked to open Cause of Focolare founder Chiara Lubich

Benedict XVI said Lubich was a "woman of fearless faith."

Movement asks for Cause to be opened five years after Chiara Lubich’s death