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Pope Francis using the iPad to sign up for world Youth Day (PA)

World Youth Day 2016 will take place in Krakow next July

Pope Francis embraces children as he speaks at the the Acosta Nu pediatric hospital in San Lorenzo (PA)

The Holy Father spent time at the Ninos de Acosta Nu paediatric hospital on Saturday

A young girl smiles as she embraces Pope Francis during an audience for families participating in the pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Francis spoke to a group of parents at the annual pastoral conference of the Diocese of Rome

Pope Francis delivers his speech for The Peace Factory (PA)

Pope Francis was taking part in The Peace Factory initiative in the Paul VI hall

A group photograph of the homeless during their visit to the Sistine Chapel  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Holy Father asked the group to pray for him: ‘I’m in need of prayers by people like you’

Francis greets the faithful this week (CNS)

‘Holy Year of Mercy’ will begin on December 8

A statue of Joan of Arc in France (CNS)

A new book offers a fresh perspective on the life of St Joan

Pope Francis kisses a baby during this week's audience (CNS)

Francis gives message ahead of World Youth Day

A Hindu priest gives a shawl to the Pope during an interfaith meeting in Sri Lanka (PA)

Francis is seen but not heard in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis arrived at a moment of rare national harmony, with genuine hopes for renewal

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis used his Sunday Angelus address to continue the reflection he began on New Year’s Day