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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

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis spoke to leaders of the German Lutheran Church earlier this week

Pope Francis receiving a football from Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (CNS)

Bishop of Salford says that Catholics are all selected for Francis’s team

Pope Francis pictured  with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a poster displayed outside a Catholic Church in Istanbul (CNS)

Vatican spokesman says some refugees may be present when the Pope meets Catholic students

'Pope Francis concluded his final address by quoting his immediate predecessor extensively' (CNS)

The main thrust of the synod’s message and final report was ignored by the secular media