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Pope Francis prays by the gravestones of an Austro-Hungarian cemetery in Fogliano di Redipuglia, northern Italy (CNS)

Pope makes comments at Italy’s largest war memorial

Javier Zanetti presenting Pope Francis with an Inter Milan shirt last year (CNS)

Inter-religious Match for Peace expected to feautre Roberto Baggio, Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi

Pope Paul VI offers a blessing to the faithful in Rome before flying to Istanbul in 1967 (Photo: CNS)

Despite severe challenges, the Church did not enter a steep decline the end of the pontiff’s reign

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for a meeting with altar servers in St Peter's Square on Tuesday Below: Pope Francis holds hands with youths during the meeting (CNS)

Pope Francis speaks German to thousands of young pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

Cardinal Francesco Marchisano delivering an address in 2006 (AP)

Italian Cardinal Francesco Marchisano passed away on Sunday

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to meet Evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino (PA) Below: Video of Francis arriving at the church (RomeReports)

Francis visits partially built Pentecostal church in Caserta, southern Italy

Pope Francis with Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Below: Pope Francis speaks to Meriam and her family (CNS) Meriam arrives in Rome with her children and Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli (PA)

Pope Francis expresses “gratitude and joy” after Sudanese woman’s arrival in Rome

Pope Francis with Gianluigi Buffon and Lionel Messi (CNS)

Lionel Messi to play for the Pope

Andrea Pirlo, Javier Zanetti and Gianluigi Buffon will also play in ‘inter-religious match for peace’

Christ the Redeemer statue  in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)

Christ the Redeemer statue shown in an Italian football shirt in advert on Rai

Jesus cooked for his disciples, says Father Giovanni Cesare Pagazzi (Christian Adams)

Jesus ‘practised the culinary arts,’ writes Father Giovanni Cesare Pagazzi in new book