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Residents hold baby Jesus figures during a procession in celebration of "Dia de la Candelaria," or Candlemas Day in Mexico. (CNS photo/Jim West)

The Pontiff has delivered a video message ahead of his visit to the country

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

The Adoration of the Magi by Botticelli

The spectacle of Three Kings offering their treasures is a crucial example of how we can live faithfully

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of the St Mary Major's Basilica in Rome (AP)

‘Let us pass through the Holy Door of Mercy knowing the Virgin Mary is at our side,’ the Pope said

A detail from The Visitation by the Italian Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo

Let us pray for the Bethlehem of our day

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Micah 5:1-4; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-44 (Year C)

The Assumption of the Virgin by Francesco Botticini

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Revelations (11: 19 & 12: 1-6 ) Corinthians (15: 45-51 ) Luke (1: 39-56 )

The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham in the Lady Chapel at Corpus Christi

The refurbished Lady Chapel at Corpus Christi, near Covent Garden, reminds us that devotion to the Blessed Virgin is a central part of English Catholicism

Paul Writing His Epistles, in a painting attributed to Valentin de Boulogne

The Fourteenth Sunday of the Year, Ez 2:2-5; 2 cor 12:7-10; Mk 6:1-6 (Year B)

Pope Francis uses incense as he venerates the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Why Our Lady loves the number 13

98 years ago today, Our Lady appeared to Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco for the first time

After Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations comes 'Blue Monday'

Embrace the post-Christmas blues

While God sometimes does extraordinary things in our lives, he sometimes doesn’t do ordinary things we feel would be immediately helpful