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Pilgrims raise crucifixes as Pope Francis delivers his blessing at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/10/16

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on October 12 (CNS)

At the end of his general audience, Pope Francis begged fighters on both sides to allow civilians to be evacuated

Pope Francis greets a group from Poland which included some Auschwitz survivors (AP)

The Pontiff discussed his recent visit to Azerbaijan and Georgia at his weekly address

Photo taken Sept. 14, 2016, shows the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Bani Zeid district of Syria's Aleppo. (PA)

Pope Francis condemns bombardment of Aleppo

The Pope decried the assault on Syria at his general audience after another night of heavy bombing in Aleppo

Pope Francis waves to faithful on September 21 2016. (AP)

The pontiff told the crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square that hatred will ‘turn their hearts to stone’

Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives for the weekly general audience in St.Peter's Square  (AP)

The Pontiff told his general audience that Church leaders should act like Jesus and be among the poor

Pope Francis waves as he is driven through the crowd during his general audience in St. Peter's Square, September 7 2016 (AP)

Pope Francis tells pilgrims not to put limits on the scope of Christ’s mercy

People try to shelter from heavy rain during Pope Francis's general audience in St.Peter's Square (AP)

Pope Francis reminded the faithful gathered in the rain that Jesus’ mercy covers all sin

Pope Francis (CNS)

The pontiff tells general audience that the faithful must demonstrate kindness not just in thought but by deeds

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives to lead his general audience on August 10 (CNS)

The Pontiff told the faithful that Christians must demonstrate to the world how to display acts of mercy towards others