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Police officers stand near a Pope Francis cutout in the center of town in Ciudad Juarez, (AP Photo/Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Pope Francis arrives in the country today and will visit a once-notorious prison on Wednesday

Patriarch Kirill will be trying to push Constantinople further into the shade (Photo: AP)

Francis is walking into a Russian minefield


The meeting between the Pope and Patriarch Kirill is unprecedented, but the Russian Orthodox leader will come armed with his own political agenda

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The Pope and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi talked about the importance of reconciliation

Pope Francis urged people to be charitable during the Year of Mercy (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

The Pope says that if the jubilee year ‘doesn’t reach our pockets, it’s not a real jubilee’

Pope Francis greets British actor Joseph Fiennes, his wife Maria Dolores Dieguez, and their two daughters at the  general audience in St Peter's Square  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The actor attended the Pope’s general audience with his wife and two daughters

Cardinal Angelo Comastri places the ashes on the head of Pope Francis (AP)

More than 700 of the 1,142 missionaries attend Ash Wednesday Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis meets the Missionaries of Mercy yesterday (AP)

Francis sends out missionaries of mercy after the blessing and bestowal of ashes in St Peter’s Basilica

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill attend a reception marking the 1000th anniversary of the death of Grand Prince Vladimir in 2015 (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia is isolated and fighting two wars, and its leaders recognise that, diplomacy-wise, the Pope has many divisions

The man claimed connection to the Pope (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Luis Nobre claimed a connection to the Vatican that helped him and his associates steal £73 million

Pope Francis poses for a selfie during a meeting with 'missionaries of mercy' at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis addressed his newly-appointed Year of Mercy missionaries ahead of sending them out around the world