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Pope Francis waves to faithful on September 21 2016. (AP)

The pontiff told the crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square that hatred will ‘turn their hearts to stone’

Pope Francis lights a candle during an interfaith peace gathering outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS)

Pope Francis spoke at the closing ceremony of an interreligious peace gathering in Assisi

Pope Francis, standing, leads a prayer service in the Basilica of St Francis (AP)

Christians are called to contemplate Christ in ‘the voice of the suffering’, the Pope said

Pope Francis focused on peace in his morning homily before leaving for Assisi (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Pope reflected on peace during his morning homily before travelling to Assisi

Pope Francis greets the Archbishop of Canterbury in Assisi (AP)

Archbishop Justin Welby was speaking during a discussion on ecumenism in Assisi

Pope Francis greets participants in a day of prayer for peace in Assisi (AP)

The Pope will address the gathering in Assisi and lead prayers for victims of war

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, during the meeting with nuncios (CNS)

Francis spent much of Saturday with 106 archbishops who represent him and the Vatican in countries around the world

Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, holds up the ampoule of St Januarius's blood (AP)

The liquefaction occurred on Monday, the saint’s feast day

Filipino Catholics receive Communion during a mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Paranaque in 2013 (AP)

The Church’s teaching has been consistent from the early Church to modern Popes. Last week’s events didn’t change it

A volunteer from a humanitarian organisation embraces refugee children during a police operation at a makeshift camp in the Greek village of Polykastro (CNS)

The Pope was speaking at an audience for graduates of Jesuit schools and universities