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A man reaches for the box containing the mortal remains of Padre Pio (AP)

Perhaps an unwillingness to consider such devotions highlights a lack of humility

Pope Francis poses with UN troops from Argentina during his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Pope continued a series of talks dedicated to divine mercy in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square on the weekend (CNS)

Pope Francis spoke to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

The Pope expressed his hope that the day of prayer would promote an encounter of people of different religions  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Christians, Muslims and Jews all share compassion and care for the sick, Francis says

Circus members greet Pope Francis after their performance during Wednesday's general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Circus performers entertained the Pontiff and the faithful during Wednesday’s general audience

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis met with members of the Roman Rota on Friday

People attend the lighting of the Christmas tree on Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank,  (CNS)

Patriarch Twal has also urged people to show solidarity with victims of violence and terrorism

A woman kisses the Holy Door in St Peter's Basilica  (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters) See POPE-MERCY-DOOR Dec. 8, 2015.

A number of dioceses have chosen to place their efforts under the patronage of particular saints and holy people

St Teresa in Ecstasy by Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel in Rome's  Santa Maria della Vittoria (Wikipedia)

There are profoundly differing visions of God in the world, and these dictate the sort of societies that we have built for ourselves

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