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Pope Francis appears on the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica to deliver his Urbi et Orbi message (AP)

‘Truly there are so many tears this Christmas,’ says Pontiff, ‘together with the tears of the Infant Jesus’

Pope Francis kisses the statue of the Christ Child at Midnight Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The Nativity shows ‘that God is Father and that his patient fidelity is stronger than darkness and corruption’

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul today (AP)

Pope asks Patriarch to ‘bless me and the Church of Rome’

Pope Francis is welcomed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace in Ankara (Photo: PA)

In his first address the Pope said Turkey was ‘precious to every Christian’ because of its history

Pope Francis speaking to the Council of Europe

Full text of Pope’s second speech in Strasbourg provided by Vatican Radio

Pope Francis delivers his speech at the European Parliament (AP)

Pontiff challenges European leaders to defend dignity of the most vulnerable

Pope Francis enters the synod hall on Saturday afternoon (AP)

Church must resist temptation both ‘to bow down to a worldly spirit’ and adopt a ‘hostile inflexibility’

The Pope prays at Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial

Holy Father makes moving plea at Holocaust memorial

Francis kisses the statue of the Christ Child in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Holy Father says Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Copacabana Beach during WYD (AP)

Pope Francis tells the youth that he is counting on them to ‘make disciples of all nations.’