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Pope Francis on Saturday (AP)

Francis addresses women’s group at the Vatican

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

New members include Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal-designate Pietro Parolin

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience today (CNS)

250 years ago Japanese Christians ‘survived with the grace of baptism,’ Pontiff tells general audience

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks down a street in Aleppo (AP)

Recommendations will be offered to those taking part in ‘Geneva 2′ peace talks

Pope Francis greets an infant at a Mass on the Baptism of the Lord (Photo: CNS)

Francis made the remark during a Mass in which he baptised 32 babies

Pope celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

People should remind themselves that faith ‘conquers the world’, says Francis at morning Mass

The Pope and Fr Baez. Below, Fr Baez sits in the popemobile (Photo: CNS)

Pope spotted his old friend at the edge of the crowd

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 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)

Pope visits live Nativity scene

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

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