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Persecuted Christians should follow Japanese example, says Francis

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

Experts at Vatican workshop call for end of weapons flow to Syria

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

Don’t be afraid to breastfeed, Pope tells mothers at baptism Mass

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 laments ‘defeated Christians’ who do not fully trust in God

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

Pope Francis surprises priest by inviting him on to popemobile

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 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