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Pope Francis shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience. Below: The pair sit down for talks (CNS and video via Rome Reports )

Peace in the Middle East top of the agenda as Pontiff welcomes Russian President to the Vatican

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pontiff holds two-hour private meeting with patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches

Pope Francis released his first apostolic exhortation today (CNS)

Pope offers encouragement to members of the Church’s highest tribunal

Pope Francis prays in Clementine Chapel, the place closest to the tomb of Peter (Photo: CNS)

The relics will be venerated to mark the end of the Year of Faith

Pilgrims pray during the closing Mass of World Youth Day in Brazil (Photo: CNS)

Francis asks young people to read the beatitudes to prepare for next three World Youth Days

Italian police officers pictured in Milan (Photo: PA)

Police allege that he stopped priests opposed to his re-election from voting at a general chapter

Father Marcial Maciel Degollado with Blessed John Paul II in 2000 (CNS)

Cardinal Dziwisz makes comments about the late Pope in new book

Pope Francis: 'A human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development' (PA)

Pope celebrates All saints day Mass at Rome cemetary

Pope Francis arrives for the general audience (CNS)

We are a great big family through baptism, the Pope says

Pope Francis at an audience for families on Saturday (AP)

Pope urges couples to see marriage as a life-long journey