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Men passing a newspaper stand in Accra (CNS)

In a pastoral statement, the prelates also pledged to support ‘the culture of life’

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope met Patriarch Mathias of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church at the Vatican on Monday

Pope Francis reads his message to faithful gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

Francis was speaking after reciting the Angelus in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Gérard Depardieu playing Cyrano de Bergerac  in film from 1990

Edmond Rostand, author of Cyrano de Bergerac, tells us profound truths via his wonderfully entertaining plays

A man walks past burnt out houses following an attack by Boko Haram (AP)

More than 4,000 people were killed in northern Nigeria in 2015, a new report has revealed

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki  was speaking at an ecumenical service (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Cardinal Rainer Woelki said Christian persecution was not a topic of ‘bygone ages’

Pope Francis addresses Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto and and an audience of dignitaries at the National Palace in Mexico City (CNS)

Mexico’s president welcomed the Pontiff and said his visit represents ‘an encounter of a people with its faith’

Pope Francis greets guests at the National Palace in Mexico City (AP)

The Pontiff was welcomed by Mexico’s president and gave a speech to members of the civil authorities and diplomats

Pope Francis greets a young girl during a special audience for the Holy Year of Mercy in St Peter's Square  (CNS)

30,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the jubilee audience on Saturday

Pope Francis speaking at  the Paul VI Hall (AP)

The Vatican has released Francis’s message on the theme of mercy