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Pope Francis holds his assistant Sandro Mariotti's arm at today's general audience (AP)

The Pope said that in a synodal Church there was ‘a movement from high to low’

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience (AP)

At his general audience, Pope Francis gave the first in a series of talks about hope

Pope Francis (CNS)

During a morning Mass homily, the Pope prayed for the grace ‘to await Christmas sincerely recognising our wounds and sins’

A screenshot of the home page

The site includes local guidelines on preventing sexual abuse

Pope Francis greets Nancy Gibbs, editorial director of Time Inc News Group, and Alan Murray, editor-in-chief of Fortune (CNS)

Richard Branson and other business leaders met in Rome for the Fortune-Time Global Forum

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople (CNS)

‘First and foremost the apostolic exhortation recalls the mercy and compassion of God,’ the patriarch wrote

Pope Francis told students that God can help them overcome any obstacles (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis also lamented ‘brain drain’ caused by bright students leaving poor countries

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

Cardinal Gerhard Müller said the CDF could only speak with the authority of the Pope

Pope Francis places a candle on a birthday cake bearing his coat of arms during lunch with the poor at the Mensa di San Francesco Poverino, a charity centre run by Caritas, in Florence (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Labour, SNP and Conservative MPs have tabled a motion praising the Pope’s achievements

Latin Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Oxford Oratory, 2009 (catholicrelics.co.uk)

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