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Iranian president Hassan Rouhani meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on Tuesday (Photo: AP)

Iranian leaders may fawn over Pope Francis in public, but privately they see the Holy See as a useful tool for achieving their global ambitions

Pope Francis shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican (AP)

Pope Francis met with President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a news conference in Tehran (AP)

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Archbishop Paul Gallagher addresses the UN General Assembly in October (AP)

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (AP)

President Rouhani will travel to Rome after a previously scheduled visit was cancelled after Paris attacks

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

Astonishingly, the Russian Orthodox Church has backed Putin’s bombing campaign

'The negotiations involved Iran and what is often referred to as the P5+1 group' (PA)

Sanctions will be lifted in exchange for an agreement by Iran to restrict its nuclear programme

An international inspector checks an uranium enrichment plant in Iran last year (CNS)

Bishop Oscar Cantu says framework is a milestone in the negotiations to curb ‘unacceptable prospect of Iran developing nuclear weapons’

Pope Francis speaks before delivering the Urbi et Orbi blessing (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

‘Love has triumphed over hatred,’ says Holy Father, ‘life has conquered death’