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Pope Francis is driven through the crowd at his first general audience (AP)

He asks faithful to ‘open the doors of your hearts’

A hooded penitent in the  Philippines pauses while carrying a cross (AP)

Faithful urged to ‘focus on prayers’ rather than extreme self-mortification

The Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis has decided to stay (Photo: CNS)

Vatican spokesman says Pope prefers ‘living in community with others’

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter's Square (AP)

He says that embracing the Cross leads to joy

Pope Francis greets the Pope Emeritus at Castel Gandolfo (CNS)

Pope tells predecessor: ‘We are brothers’

Pope Francis greets diplomats during an audience this morning (CNS)

The Pope calls for closer ties between the world’s religions and cites the dangerous ‘dictatorship of relativism’

Pope Francis (Photo: AP)

Pope laments the suffering of the world’s poor as well as the ‘spiritual poverty’ of richer nations

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel meets Pope Francis this morning (Rome Reports)

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel defends Pope Francis after Vatican meeting

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during Holy Thursday Mass in 2008

Pope Francis breaks with custom to celebrate Mass in Rome prison

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby (PA)

The Pope Emeritus has also written a letter congratulating the Most Rev Justin Welby