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Pope Francis talks with Cardinals Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila and Wilfrid Napier of Durban(CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal addresses media at the end of the first week of the synod

A much loved man. But do we want him to win the prize? (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The prize has long been discredited – so Angela Merkel is the obvious choice

The future Pope Francis greets the faithful in Buenos Aires in 2009 (AP)

This latecomer on the Pope Francis biography scene is fresh, vivid and beautifully crafted

Archbishop Chaput speaks with Pope Francis at the Vatican (CNS)

Archbishop Chaput spoke during a press conference today at the Vatican

Pope Francis jokes with Italian musician Salvatore Sessa in St Peter's Square (AP)

Francis tells the faithful that families bring needed values and a humanising spirit to society

Pope Francis is a serious contender for the Nobel Peace Prize (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

The winner of the prize will be announced on Friday

Archbishop Gallagher addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

There are currently 50 conflicts worldwide, despite the work of the agency

The cathedral in Guadalajara. The Pope will visit the country next year (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Pope Francis to visit Mexico next year

The troubled country is home to second-largest Catholic population

A boy holds a holy card and rosary as students wait for Pope Francis in Harlem last month (CNS)

We need to get beyond the idea that the rosary is just for extremely pious Catholics

Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois with Cardinal Peter Erdo (CNS)

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois says observers expecting shift in Church teaching ‘are going to be disappointed’