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Pope Francis: 'We join in the pain of the victims and weep for this sin' (AP)

Francis writes to world’s bishops on the feast of the Holy Innocents

Pope Francis with the Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, Fra' Matthew Festing, during a private audience in 2014 (PA)

Fra’ Matthew Festing said the Order would follow the Pope at this ‘complex and difficult time’

Pope Francis preaches in St Peter's Basilica on New Year's Eve (AP)

‘We have condemned our young people to have no place in society,’ Pontiff says at Vespers

Pope Francis looks at a performer from the Golden Circus during the general audience (CNS)

Pontiff welcomes circus performers to last general audience of 2016

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi Christmas day blessing (AP)

The Pope said his Christmas message ‘goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all peoples, especially those scarred by war’

Pope Francis waves to faithful prior to delivering the Urbi et Orbi Christmas day blessing from the main balcony of St Peter's Basilica (AP)

In his Urbi et Orbi blessing, the Pope called for an end to the fighting in Syria and other war-torn countries

Pope Francis kneels as he celebrates Midnight Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Christians must avoid being ‘concerned for gifts but cold toward those who are marginalised’

Pope Francis delivers his message to prelates on the occasion of his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia (AP)

Nearly four years into the reign of Pope Francis, we still do not know what his reformed Roman Curia might look like

Pope Francis delivers his Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

Francis tells Curial officials that his listing of their spiritual diseases two years ago was part of the process

Pope Francis greets the faithful at the end of his general audience (AP)

The Holy Father made the appeal after security forces fired on protesters in the Democratic Republic of Congo