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Pope Francis observes the Nativity scene in 2013 (AP)

The boat ‘represents tradition’ as well as the reality of migrants crossing the Mediterranean

A supermoon over the Statue of Liberty, 2013 (AP)

National and state-level votes suggest the hierarchy may be losing touch with its people

Pope Francis greets faithful during an audience with the homeless(AP)

Speaking to 4,000 homeless people, he asked for a pardon for all those who ‘look the other way’

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope said he simply wanted to understand the suffering that politicians ’cause to the poor’

Copies of a new collection of homilies and speeches Pope Francis gave as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, are distributed to journalists ahead of a conference at Jesuit headquarters in Rome on Wednesday. (CNS/Robert Duncan)

In his notes for the book Pope Francis said even in St Peter’s Square he tries ‘to look at a precise face’ rather than just a crowd

Pope Francis poses for a photograph with a group of Italian soldiers at the end of his weekly general audience (AP)

The Pontiff told the faithful they should do what they can to restore prisoners integrity

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pontiff has said that disloyalty and the desire for power prevent us from serving God

Pope Francis meets participants in a meeting promoted by RENATE (AP)

Pope Francis met with clergy and women religious who work with victims of human trafficking

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis has said justice systems should work towards giving prisoners hope for the future

Cardinal Willem Eijk (CNS)

Cardinal Willem Eijk said an encyclical may be necessary to counter the idea that gender can be determined by personal choice