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A lamb sits around the neck of Pope Francis as he visits a Nativity scene last year (CNS)

Previous winners of the animal welfare charity’s award include Morrissey, Tony Benn and Ricky Gervais

Pope Francis greets a journalist aboard his flight from Bangui, Central African Republic, to Rome on Monday (CNS)

The Pope discussed a number of issues with reporters during an in-flight press conference, including condoms and the Vatican leaks trial

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul last year (AP)

A Vatican delegation has travelled to Istanbul on Monday for the feast of St Andrew the Apostle

Youths hold images of Pope Francis prior to his arrival for a meeting at Kasarani Stadium in Kenya (AP)

The Holy Father’s spent two days in Central African Republic to conclude his tour of the continent

Christopher Pearson is the new chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission

Christopher Pearson will replace former chair, Danny Sullivan

Pope Francis comforts a child during a brief, unscheduled stop at a children's hospital in Bangui (AP)

The Pontiff took boxes of medicine donated by a Rome hospital

Pope Francis waves to the crowd at the Central Mosque in Bangui on Monday (AP)

Francis delivered a homily at Mass in a Bangui stadium, the final engagement of his visit to Africa

Pope Francis waves to the crowd on the occasion of his visit at the Central Mosque in Bangui's Muslim enclave today. A churchgoer was shot dead yesterday  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Pontiff advised against travelling to Catholic church after Massgoers attacked with machine gun

Nuns join climate justice activists at a plaza in Manila, Philippines on Sunday, a day ahead of the start of the U.N. climate change conference, known as the COP21 summit (CNS photo/Simone Orendain)

Lay faithful, priests and religious join marches around the world

Pope Francis (AP)

Mass is taking place in Barthélémy Boganda Stadium