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Security forces examine the scene inside cathedral in central Cairo (AP)

The attack on Sunday in Egypt’s capital left 24 Coptic Christians dead

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis will celebrate Mass in the Paoline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Oxford Oratory, 2009 (

It’s beautiful, utterly Catholic and uncompromising

The Vatican Christmas tree is positioned in St Peter's Square (CNS)

An 82-feet-tall Christmas tree was erected in St Peter’s Square last week

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the occasion of the homeless jubilee in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis invited homeless people to one of his last Masses held during the Year of Mercy

A Massgoer at the fence (CNS)

An annual Mass was forced to move to a new location due to the erection of fencing at a section of the border in New Mexico

Pope Francis celebrates  Mass for the Jubilee of inmates in St. Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis urged the inmates to never give up hope in God’s mercy

Italian Cardinal-designate Mario Zenari is pictured (CNS photo/Massimiliano Migliorato, Catholic Press Photo)

Mario Zenari has served as the Pope’s representative in war-torn Syria since 2008

Pope Francis greets the faithful (AP)

Francis celebrated Mass with Sweden’s Catholic community

Mgr Guido Marini, papal master of ceremonies, assists Pope Francis during a Marian vigil in St. Peter's Square (CNS)

Mgr Guido Marini said it can be better to wait rather than provoking more conflict