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Pope Francis jokes with Italian musician Salvatore Sessa in St Peter's Square (AP)

Francis tells the faithful that families bring needed values and a humanising spirit to society

Pope Francis poses for a photo with a group of nuns after his weekly general audience (AP)

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Pope Francis talks with students from Colegio Don Bosco in Argentina during his general audience (Photo: CNS)

The Pope says parishes must be ‘centres of love’, not ‘exclusive’ sects

Pope Francis caresses a child during his weekly general audience (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

During his general audience, Francis said that work gives dignity to the family

Pope Francis delivers his message during his general audience this morning (PA)

Pope Francis said today that divorced and remarried Catholics were still part of the Church

Francis greeting Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square last September (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis has reduced his schedule for the summer months

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis reflected on the hurt family members can cause each other in his latest general audience talk

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si, will be published tomorrow

Pope Francis points to a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during his general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday (CNS)

The Pontiff started a new series of audience talks looking at the ‘real life’ of families today

The daughters of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi hold a photo of their mother (CNS)

Ms Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, was sentenced to death for blasphemy in 2009