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Pope Francis arrives at a session of the family synod last October (AP)

What Francis learned when he was shunned

This experience of exile taught the future pope that authentic sources of purification and renewal could be found there

Pope Francis waves to Filipinos as he arrives in Manila (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines

Pontiff begins four-day tour of nation that is home to Asia’s largest Catholic population

Pope Francis greets Buddhist monks at the Agrashravaka temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano/pool)

Pope Francis is only the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes comments in new book by Italian journalist

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Colombo (PA)

‘Our Lady remained always with you,’ the Pope tells the faithful in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis at the Mass (PA)

The Pope spoke at an open air Mass in Colombo attended by thousands

Pope Francis at the Canonisation Mass in Colombo for St Joseph Vaz (PA)

Thousands see Sri Lanka’s first saint canonised by Pope Francis in Colombo

Wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he delivers his speech at Colombo's International airport (PA)

The Pope was speaking shortly after arriving at Colombo airport this morning

A Hindu priest gives a shawl to the Pope during an interfaith meeting in Sri Lanka (PA)

Francis was speaking at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall during the first day of his papal visit

Pope Francis walks past Sri Lankan dancers upon his  arrival in Colombo (PA)

Pope Francis begins papal visit with speech delivered in English at Colombo airport