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Pope Francis with US President Barack Obama (CNS)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin also suggested Francis will go to UN during September trip

Cardinal-designate Edoardo Menichelli Below: and Cardinal-designate John Dew, right, with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth (CNS)

Francis refused to accept the cardinal-designate’s letter of resignation in October

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis used his Sunday Angelus address to continue the reflection he began on New Year’s Day

Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

Pope Francis named 15 cardinal electors from 14 different countries

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, hot-headed leader of the group Bodu Bala Sena, or 'Buddhist Power Force' (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Pope Francis faces a big challenge when he heads to Sri Lanka this month – dealing with the bitter hostility of the island’s extremist Buddhist monks

Pope Francis leaves St Peter's Basilica after celebrating Mass on New Year's Day (CNS)

Pontiff marks the World Day of Peace at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis celebrates the traditional Vespers and Te Deum on the last day of the year (AP)

Remember that you will be judged, says the Pope, especially on how you used your freedom and cared for the poor

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for a general audience in June (AP)

More than a million people attended Francis’s 43 general audiences this year

Pope Francis arrives at the Paul VI hall for a meeting with large families (AP)

Pontiff urges policy-makers to support larger families

Pope Francis smiles during the Angelus address (AP)

Pope says St Stephen ‘offered as a gift his life in service for the poorest’