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‘Pope emoji’ launched ahead of US visit

Keyboard app allows users to post pictures of Francis eating a hot dog and taking a selfie

Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: AP)

In a homily the Pope says priests who struggle to be merciful should avoid hearing Confessions

Auxiliary Bishops Joseph V Brennan and Robert E Barron pray during their Sept. 8 episcopal ordination at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Not pictured is Auxiliary Bishop David G. O'Connell, who was also ordained. (CNS photo/John Rueda, The Tidings) See LA-AUXILIARIES Sept. 9, 2015.

Bishop Baron was ordained on Wednesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic in November

St Peter's Square (AP)

The event will take place in April next year as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrations

A Syrian man carries a child on arrival in Greece (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Archdiocese is seeking to raise $3 million to fund the settlement of refugees

Boys in the Sistine Chapel choir in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

The album, Cantate Domino, was recorded in the Sistine Chapel itself

Father Aktham Hijazin of Beit Jalla, West Bank, distributes Communion as he celebrates Mass Sept. 3 in the Cremisan Valley. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

A separation barrier was put up in the Cremisan Valley in August

Pope Francis talks with students from Colegio Don Bosco in Argentina during his general audience (Photo: CNS)

The Pope says parishes must be ‘centres of love’, not ‘exclusive’ sects

Pope Francis meets Russian president Vladimir Putin in June (AP)

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