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The president and the cardinal have sharply contrasting personalities.

Showdown in the Philippines

Cardinal Tagle is a ‘Catholic rock star’; President Duterte scorns the Pope and believes in an eye for an eye. Both are loved by the people — so who will prevail?

Pope Francis greets nuns during the jubilee audience in St Peter's Square (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope said a lack of mercy ‘makes life barren’ at an audience in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI during a June 28 ceremony at the Vatican marking the 65th anniversary of the retired pope's priestly ordination. (CNS) photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The 65th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s ordination as a priest was celebrated at the Vatican with the retired pope and Pope Francis in attendance

Pope Francis arriving at a weekly general audience (AP)

Aid to the Church in Need’s Be God’s Mercy initiative will be launched in Rome on Friday

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Pope Francis reads a meditation on mercy at St Paul Outside the Walls Basilica in Rome (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Watch out: mercy can be violent

If the only way we can receive mercy is by means of divine assault, God will give us that

Pope Francis embraces Maurizio Fratamico, with his brother Enzo, during a prayer vigil 'to dry the tears' of the suffering in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

At a Year of Mercy service for those who weep the Pope said the ‘bitterest tears are caused by human evil’

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The European Festival of Joy and Mercy will take place in November

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience today (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

During his general audience, the Pope reminded the faithful that the Church is full of sinners

Archbishop Blasé Cupich of Chicago  (CNS)

The Archbishop of Chicago welcomed the publication of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation