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Pope Francis played table football when he visited the children's home  (ABACAPRESS.COM)

The visit to Rome’s SOS Children’s Village came as part of the Pope’s commitment to the Year of Mercy

Fr Louis Lougen was amongst delegates who met with the Pope

The Pope encouraged missionaries to keep mercy at the heart of their mission

Pope Francis arrives at the Aliyev congress centre for a meeting with the authorities in Baku (AP)

Pope Francis gave a press conference on his flight from Azerbaijan to Rome

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard his flight from Baku to Rome (CNS)

However, the Pope also told reporters people convinced they were born in the wrong body deserve attentive pastoral care

Pope Francis censes a statue of Mary during Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Baku (CNS)

Pontiff celebrates Mass for 300 people in the capital Baku

Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (CNS)

Francis meets President Ilham Aliyev at end of three-day trip

Pope Francis attends a meeting with priests and seminarians in Tbilisi (AP)

‘Today you do not destroy with weapons, you destroy with ideas,’ says Pope

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Tbilisi's stadium (AP)

No Georgian Orthodox bishops attend Mass in Georgian capital

Pope Francis and Patriarch Ilia II arrive for a meeting in Tbilisi (CNS)

Francis says Catholics and Orthodox must ‘rise above the misunderstandings of the past’

Pope Francis speaks at a meeting with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili (CNS)

More than 230,000 people are still displaced by conflict over control of South Ossetia