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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

Cross-bearers process into the church during a Christmas Eve mass in 2015 at the Southern Cathedral, an officially-sanctioned Catholic church in Beijing, China (AP)

The Vatican said the presence of the bishop at an ordination ‘created turmoil among Chinese Catholics’

Barbara Jatta (CNS)

Barbara Jatta has been serving as vice-director of the museums since June

Members of a Turkish forces honour guard carry the Russian flag-draped coffin of Ambassador Andrei Karlov (AP)

In a telegram to President Vladimir Putin, the Pope assured Russian people of his prayers and spiritual solidarity

Floral tributes at the scene of the lorry attack (AP)

In a telegram to the Archbishop of Berlin, Pope Francis said ‘people of good will must fight the folly of terrorism’

Cardinal Raymond Burke (CNS)

The cardinal advised Catholics to remain ‘serene’ by reaffirming the Church’s teaching

Children sit with people dressed as clowns on the stage near Pope Francis during a special audience with patients and employees of the Vatican-owned paediatric hospital of Bambino Gesu, in the Paul VI Hall (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

The Pope told a group of children that they must ask their grandparents lots of questions and listen to the answers

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried through a crowd at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal (CNS)

Pope Francis to visit Fatima in May 2017

The Pope has accepted an invitation from the president and bishops of Portugal

Pope Francis gestures during his Angelus address (AP)

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