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Pope Francis greeted thousands of Italian earthquake survivors at the Vatican

There were two million fewer visitors compared to 2014, but slightly more than in 2015

Pontiff welcomes circus performers to last general audience of 2016

The Holy Father made the appeal after security forces fired on protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Pope Francis has said justice systems should work towards giving prisoners hope for the future

The feast of All Souls is a reminder of that hope, Francis says during cemetery visit

Sister Biasibetti says sorcery practices drive the trafficking of organs and body parts in the country

Visitors can now tour rooms in the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo, including the Pope’s bedroom and private study

Francis celebrated a canonisation Mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Medical experts will no longer be paid in cash and a two-thirds majority will be required to approve miracles