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Pope Francis arriving for a special Holy Year audience with the armed forces, in St Peter's Square (AP)

Speaking to to the faithful in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis also appealed for peace in Syria

The Apostles Paul and Barnabas in Lystra, by Jacob Jordeans (1593-1678)

Fourth Sunday of Easter: Acts 13:14 & 45-52; Rev 7:9 & 14-17; Jn 10:27-30 (Year C)

Orthodox Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy, Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, the archbishop of Canterbury’'s representative to the Vatican, give a blessing at the end of a prayer service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls (CNS)

The Pope spoke at a prayer service concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis was speaking after reciting the Angelus on the first Sunday of the New Year

A detail from Horace Vernet’s Jeremiah on the Ruins of Jerusalem (1844)

First Sunday of Advent: Jer 33:14-16; 1 Thes 3:12-4:2; Lk 21:25-28 (Year C )

Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass today in the chapel of his residence

A detail from Fra Angelico’s Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs (c 1423-24)

The Solemnity of All Saints – Rev 7:2-4 & 9-11; 1 Jn 3:1-3; Mt 5:1-12 (Year B)

Jeremiah, depicted here by Rembrandt, had great faith in God’s salvation

The 30th Sunday of the Year Jer 31:7-9; Heb 5:1-6; Mk 10:46-52 (Year B)

A detail from Christ and the Children by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890)

The 25th Sunday of the Year wis 2:12, 17-20; ps 54; jas 3:16-4:3; mk 9:30-37 (year b)

Raphael's The Miraculous Draught of Fishes

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