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Pope Francis receives a gift from Italy's Gianluigi Buffon, and Argentina's Lionel Messi at the Vatican (CNS)

Lionel Messi hails “one of the most special days of my life”

Lionel Messi leads delegation ahead of friendly match

Pope Francis waves an Argentine flag outside Rio cathedral (AP)

Pontiff urges youngsters to resist exclusion from society

The statue by sculptor Fernando Pugliese (CNS)

The Pontiff reportedly phoned Church officials in Buenos Aires to make request

Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, second from right, accompanied by Chilean church leaders (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Ezzati claims Pope Francis plans to tour South America after trips to Africa and Asia in 2014

Pope Francis attends a meeting with Jewish leaders yesterday (AP)

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Pope Francis  (Photo: CNS)

Pope delivers homily in Spanish for first time since election

Rabbi Abraham Skorka (CNS photo/David Agren)

Rabbi Abraham Skorka praises Pope during Rome visit

Pope Francis blesses a child in St Peter's Square on Wednesday (Photo: CNS)

Pontiff speaks to more than 80,000 people in St Peter’s Square

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary (CNS)

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