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Pope Francis walks near violinists during his general audience (CNS)

At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected upon the importance and power of prayer

Pope Francis: 'We join in the pain of the victims and weep for this sin' (AP)

At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis warned against man-made idols that only provide fleeting comforts

Pope Francis greets young people during his weekly audience  in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Francis says that Rachel, in the book of Jeremiah, represents every mother throughout history who cries over ‘irreparable loss’

Pope Francis (AP)

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for prisoners killed in recent riots in Brazil

Pope Francis looks at a performer from the Golden Circus during the general audience (CNS)

Pontiff welcomes circus performers to last general audience of 2016

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the end of his general audience (AP)

The Holy Father made the appeal after security forces fired on protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Pope Francis touches a rosary during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30 (CNS)

The Pope spoke about World AIDS Day at his general audience

Pope Francis arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience (AP)

Doubts about faith should spur deeper study and prayer, Pope tells general audience

Pope Francis (AP)

Admonish sin without being a hypocrite, Pope Francis tells general audience

Pope Francis poses for a photograph with a group of Italian soldiers at the end of his weekly general audience (AP)

The Pontiff told the faithful they should do what they can to restore prisoners integrity