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The Pope hears a Confession during a Lenten service in St Peter’s Basilica (CNS)

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Residents hold baby Jesus figures during a procession in celebration of "Dia de la Candelaria," or Candlemas Day in Mexico. (CNS photo/Jim West)

The Pontiff has delivered a video message ahead of his visit to the country

Pope Francis poses with UN troops from Argentina during his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Pope continued a series of talks dedicated to divine mercy in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis accepts offertory gifts from nuns as he celebrates a Mass with religious in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

The Pope celebrated Mass with thousands of consecrated men and women on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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The Pope has discussed China’s role on the world stage during an interview with Asia Times at the Vatican

Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, looks on as Pope Francis holds up his prepared talk and begins to speak off the cuff during an audience with religious at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis spoke at an event to mark the close of the Year for Consecrated Life

Pope Francis meets actor Leonardo Di Caprio during a private audience at the Vatican  (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

The Pope has reportedly agreed to appear as himself in family movie, Beyond the Sun

Pope Francis arrives for an audience with nuns and priests in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican (AP)

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Members of Britain First protesting outside London Central Mosque last year (AP)

Members of Britain First recently marched through Luton carrying crosses and handing out anti-Islam leaflets

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square on the weekend (CNS)

Pope Francis spoke to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday