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Pope Francis greets a young girl during a special audience for the Holy Year of Mercy in St Peter's Square  (CNS)

30,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the jubilee audience on Saturday

The Pope expressed his hope that the day of prayer would promote an encounter of people of different religions  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Christians, Muslims and Jews all share compassion and care for the sick, Francis says

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani meets Pope Francis at the Vatican on Tuesday (Photo: AP)

Iranian leaders may fawn over Pope Francis in public, but privately they see the Holy See as a useful tool for achieving their global ambitions

The Pope and Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo: L'Osservatore Romano)

DiCaprio gave the Pope a book of works by Hieronymus Bosch

Pope Francis presented President Obama with the Rosary beads last September (PA)

President Obama says the Rosary makes him ‘think about peace’

Circus members greet Pope Francis after their performance during Wednesday's general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Circus performers entertained the Pontiff and the faithful during Wednesday’s general audience

Pope Francis shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican (AP)

Pope Francis met with President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2016 has been published by the Vatican

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a news conference in Tehran (AP)

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Orthodox Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy, Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, the archbishop of Canterbury’'s representative to the Vatican, give a blessing at the end of a prayer service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls (CNS)

The Pope spoke at a prayer service concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity