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A Filipino student paints the face of Pope Francis as part of a nationwide competition (CNS)

The papal visit is set to take place in January 2015

Pope Francis greeting  Patti Smith last year (CNS)

Smith met Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square last year

Pope Francis said he felt united with suffering Christians Below: Video via Rome Reports (AP)

Pope Francis met leaders of the Eastern churches in Rome this week

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope makes comments in homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae

Pope Francis, as cardinal of Buenos Aires, washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users (CNS)

As well as the Pope, Catholics can also take their lead from Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Pope Francis pauses during today's weekly general audience today (AP)

Pope Francis condemned the “absurd violence” being used against Christians

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis has established a special group within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez (CNS)

Liberation theology is being re-examined under Pope Francis, according to Dominican Father Gutierrez

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (CNS)

Pope Francis writes to Tony Abbott ahead of G20 summit in Brisbane

Thousands signed a petition thanking Cardinal Burke (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

American cardinal was removed from his post by Pope Francis over the weekend