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Pope Francis blesses a server with holy water as he celebrates Pentecost Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Francis celebrated Pentecost Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday

Francis celebrates Mass on Pentecost Sunday in St Peter's Basilica (AP/Gregorio Borgia)

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A child peers out near a cross on a gate of the Wangfujing Catholic Church in Beijing (AP/Ng Han Guan)

Pope says faithful should ask Mary to help Catholics in China

Penetecost (1732) by French painter Jean II Restout

The Solemnity of Pentecost, Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor 12:3-7 & 12-13; Jn 20:19-23 (year b)

A detail from Christ at Emmaus, painted by Rembrandt in 1648

Third Sunday of Easter Acts 3: 3-15, 17-19, 1 John 2: 1-5, Luke 24, 35-48 (year b)

A Japanese Chef serves tempura to France's President Francois Hollande and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe (PA)

Eating Japanese food on Ember Days

In Latin the Ember Days are called the Quatuor Tempora, giving rise to a popular form of fried food

Pope Francis greets a family during Pentecost Sunday Mass (AP)

Holy Father urges faithful to ‘strike out on new paths’

The Pope celebrates Mass in St Peter's Basilica on Pentecost Sunday (AP)

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Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in St Peter's Basilica on Pentecost Sunday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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Parish celebrates diversity

The three priests and two deacons lead the celebration at English Martyrs Church