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Pope Francis (AP)

Comments made by Pontiff to leaders of religious orders in November published by Jesuit journal

'Much of the excitement in the press derives from the conviction that Francis is a Pope of change'

In 2014 the Pope must play his role as teacher of the faith with clarity and courage

Robert Hugh Benson, author of Lord of the World

Pope Francis referred to the apocalyptic fable, The Lord of the World, in November and Benedict XVI also frequently cited it

Pope Francis: 'Our witness must concentrate on the centre of our faith.'

Numbers released by Vatican show significant rise in attendance at papal events

Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

Francis gives thanks for the graces of 2013 on New Year’s Eve in St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

From January parishes will send groups of 25 people to attend the Masses

Benedict and Francis at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope Francis and his predecessor met publicly for the second time since his election

Pope Francis greets pilgrims gathered for the Angelus today (CNS)

Pope also prays for western Christians who ‘encounter abridgements of liberty’

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing (AP)

Francis prays for peace in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan in Urbi et Orbi message

Francis kisses the statue of the Christ Child in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Holy Father says Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness