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Pope Francis in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican on Saturday, October 15. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Francis spoke about the value of older people, describing them as ‘a precious treasure’, at an audience with more than 7,000 people

Pope Francis urged people to take individual and collective responsibility for their use and waste of food  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

The Pope said that we mustn’t ignore the ‘cycle of the seasons’

A scene of destruction in Haiti (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The donation of $100,000 is a ‘concrete expression of Pope Francis’s spiritual closeness and fatherly support’

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

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Kentucky, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaking at a news conference in Baltimore last year (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Archbishop Kurtz made the remarks in response to the controversies blighting the US Presidential campaign

Freed Chibok school girls in a meeting with Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja, Nigeria, on the day of their release last week (Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House via AP)

Cardinal Okogie and two bishops called on the Nigerian government to focus on securing the release of the remaining Chibok girls

Smoke rises from ISIS positions after an airstrike by coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq (AP)

Iraq’s prime minister announced the start of the operations, backed by US-led coalition air and ground support, on state television

Pilgrims hold a banner of St Ludovico Pavoni before the canonisation Mass (CNS)

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

Tapestries of the seven new saints hang from St Peter's Basilica (AP)

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