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Pope Francis greets family members presenting the offertory gifts as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

On the Feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis said that the thirst for God is present in everyone

Pope Francis prays in front of a Nativity scene during a visit to the  Franciscan shrine in Greccio, Italy (CNS)

Francis made a surprise visit to the place where St Francis of Assisi created the world’s first Nativity scene

'There is an urgent need for a full and confident articulation of the whole of the Church’s social teaching' (AP)

The willingness of US bishops to make themselves publicly unpopular is commendable and enviable

Pope Francis video speaking online to a Salvadoran student in 2014 (CNS)

The monthly messages will feature Francis asking for prayers on various challenges facing the world

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of the St Mary Major's Basilica in Rome (AP)

‘Let us pass through the Holy Door of Mercy knowing the Virgin Mary is at our side,’ the Pope said

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis was speaking after reciting the Angelus on the first Sunday of the New Year

Pope Francis is silhouetted as he prays in front of the Nativity scene in St Peter's Square (AP)

As 2016 begins, Francis says ‘good always triumphs, even if in some moments it may seem weaker and hidden’

Tourists take a photograph in St Peter's Square (AP)

The Prefecture of the Papal Household said that 3.2 million pilgrims visited this year compared with 5.9 million the year before

Pope Francis spreads incense on the statue of Baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for families (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Learn from baby Jesus, Pope says

People can ‘make baby Jesus smile by demonstrating our love and our joy because he is among us’

Pope Francis leaves at the end of the Mass for families (AP)

Francis urges parents to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day