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Pope Francis visits the residence for the elderly in Rome (AP)

Vatican says surprise visit highlights ‘the great importance and preciousness of the elderly’

Pope Francis will meet the former Google CEO today (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Philanthropist is one of the richest men on the planet

Pope Francis blesses a boy during his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

Don’t spread hate, make friends instead, the Pope says in a Year of Mercy message

Flowers are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton, London (Photo: PA)

In his interview with Andrea Tornielli Pope Francis recalled his first encounter with God’s mercy

Priest walk to distribute Communion during Easter Mass in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The whole issue has acquired its own sense of urgency even though, on cool reflection, there is not a lot to base this on

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis was speaking during morning Mass on Tuesday

Italian actor Roberto Benigni holds a copy of The Name of God Is Mercy at the book's launch (CNS)

Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni was at the unveiling of a newly published book-length interview

Pope Francis pours water over the head of a baby as he celebrates the baptism of 23 babies in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis celebrated Mass to mark the feast day of Jesus’s baptism in the River Jordan

A special edition of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly paper,  released last week

L’Osservatore Romano is right to protest when Charlie Hebdo blames God for the carnage of last year

A Swiss Guard keeps watch as Pope Francis speaks during an audience with the Vatican diplomatic corps in 2015 (CNS)

The Pope spoke to members of the diplomatic corps in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace