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Pope Francis greets journalists on his flight to Havana last year (CNS)

In his message for the World Day of Communications, Francis said the media should not constantly focus on war and terrorism

The Christmas Tree and nativity scene are lit up in St Peter's Square, at the Vatican during a ceremony on Friday (AP)

The spire from the St Benedict Basilica in Norcia, along with some rubble, has been placed next to the life-sized nativity scene

Residents pay tribute at a makeshift memorial in front of the Saint Etienne church where Priest Jacques Hamel was killed in July (AP)

The Archbishop of Rouen led a procession through Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray before celebrating Mass at the church

Rodrigo Duterte  (AP)

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte accused some bishops of violating their vow of celibacy

Pope Francis meets traditional singers from Croatia during his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Francis reflected on one aspect of mercy as exemplified by Jesus

The apostolic exhortation is gritty in places (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis’s exhortation doesn’t shy away from the often harsh realities of marriage and family life

People outside Brussels airport after the bombings (AP)

Francis offers prayers for relatives of victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks on Belgium’s capital

Francis was nearly pulled to the ground by an overly enthusiastic fan

The Pope was right to reprimand the fan who nearly pulled him to the ground

Pope Francis accepts a crucifix from a prisoner as he visits Cereso prison in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (CNS)

Francis visited Cereso prison in Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday

Pope Francis listens as Humberto and Claudia Gomez, who are married civilly but not in the Church, speak during a meeting with families at the Victor Manuel Reyna Stadium in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico (CNS)

The Pontiff addressed a gathering families at his latest engagement on his papal visit to Mexico