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Pope Francis visits the residence for the elderly in Rome (AP)

Vatican says surprise visit highlights ‘the great importance and preciousness of the elderly’

Pope Francis pushes open the Holy Doors at Bangui cathedral (Photo: AP)

The Holy Doors will open a week on Sunday

Francis has given  'missionaries of mercy'  the authority to pardon 'even those sins reserved to the Holy See' (CNS)

Archbishop Fisichella unveils official prayer, logo, and calendar of events for

Balloons frame Pope Francis at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Archbishop Rino Fisichella  (CNS)

Apostolic exhortation an ‘invitation to recover a prophetic and positive vision of reality’

Pope Francis prays in Clementine Chapel, the place closest to the tomb of Peter (Photo: CNS)

The relics will be venerated to mark the end of the Year of Faith

Pope Francis (Photo: AP)

Lumen Fidei appears just four months after the Pontiff’s election

The official Year of Faith logo (CNS)

Pope will concelebrate Mass with surviving Vatican II Fathers at start of Year

Pope Benedict XVI arrives on a wheeled platform at the Mass on Sunday (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI announces Year of Faith

The Year will begin on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council

Archbishop Rino Fisichella (Pier Paolo Cito/AP/Press Association Images)

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