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Pope Francis makes his speech during an audience with the diplomatic corps (CNS photo/Alberto Pizzoli, pool)

At the start of a new year, Pope Francis formally addressed diplomats in the Vatican

Pope Francis at Mass on January 1. What will 2017 bring? (CNS)

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos receives a peace prize in Assisi (AP)

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Rescue workers stand at the wreckage site of a chartered airplane that crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia (AP)

71 people, including members of Brazilian football team Chapecoense, died in the crash late on Monday

The murder took place in the city of Cali (Creative Commons/ Doug Wash)

Colombian Archbishop Mejia was celebrating the Mass where the fatal shooting occurred

Humberto de La Calle, left, head of Colombia's government peace negotiation team, listens as Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator Farc read a joint statement in October (AP)

The decision to sign the amended peace accord was made during a meeting at a heavily guarded Catholic retreat in Bogota

The Colombian government and rebels have signed a peace treaty to end Latin American's longest-running conflict (AP)

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Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos gives a peace pin to  Farc commander Rodrigo Londono (AP)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin was speaking hours before the government and Farc rebels signed a historic peace deal

The Vatican Secretary of State arrives for the Mass in Cartagena (AP)

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks after delivering the peace deal to Congress (AP)

Vatican declines invitation, but praises the country’s peace deal