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Pope Francis greets an ambassador to the Holy See in January (AP)

Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See says it’s been a joy to see the first year of the pontificate unfold

CafePress sells papal paraphernalia for the whole family, including the dog

Popular items include Pope Francis ‘onesies’, T-shirts, cufflinks, shot glasses, and cocktail shakers

A choir sings as pilgrims prepare for the World Youth Day closing Mass  (Photo: CNS)

Putting down my camera phone allowed me to share a truly special moment with Pope Francis and my fellow volunteers

A Polish group celebrates the announcement in Rio today (AP)

Polish city is Blessed John Paul II’s former episcopal see

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Copacabana Beach (AP)

‘We are sent together,’ Pontiff tells three million young people on Copacabana Beach

A pilgrim prays in the early morning after the vigil (AP)

Miguel Cullen writes about his Saturday night spent on Copacabana Beach.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Copacabana Beach during WYD (AP)

Pope Francis tells the youth that he is counting on them to ‘make disciples of all nations.’

Pilgrims pack Copacabana beach for World Youth Day's closing Mass (AP)

More than three million pilgrims attend papal Mass

The Way of the Cross on Copacabana Beach (AP)

This World Youth Day we will ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’

Pope Francis arrives for the vigil at Copacabana Beach (AP)

Holy Father stresses need for ‘prayer, sacraments and helping others’