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Pope Francis hears Confessions inside St Mary of the Angels Basilica (AP)

Pontiff says that in the Year of Mercy it’s ‘ever clearer that the path of forgiveness can truly renew the Church and the world’

Friars wait for Pope Francis in front of the Porziuncola church, during the Pontiff's visit in 2013 (AP)

Pope Francis will make a ‘simple and private pilgrimage’ to Assisi on August 4

Franciscan monks respond to call to care for refugees (CNS photo/Alessandro Di Meo, EPA)

Convent in Italy to provide accommodation and care to those fleeing war

Pope Francis urged Franciscan friars to hold true to their charism of fraternity, humility and poverty (CNS)

Pope Francis held an audience with Fransican leaders yesterday

Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Kurtz share a light moment at the US bishops' plenary meeting (CNS)

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Pope Francis greets people who receive help from Catholic charities in Assisi (Photo: CNS)

Pope urges the Church to ‘strip itself’ of worldliness

Francis blesses a disabled person at the Seraphic Institute in Assisi (AP)

His gentle encounter with disabled people in Assisi has affirmed their unsung work

Pope’s visit to Assisi in pictures

Here we present the best pictures of Pope Francis’s day in Assisi so far

Holy Father moved by encounter at the Seraphic Institute in Assisi

Pope Francis greets the faithful crowding the square next to St Francis basilica, in Assisi

Minute-by-minute coverage of the historic visit to the birthplace of St Francis