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Iranian leaders may fawn over Pope Francis in public, but privately they see the Holy See as a useful tool for achieving their global ambitions

DiCaprio gave the Pope a book of works by Hieronymus Bosch

President Obama says the Rosary makes him ‘think about peace’

Circus performers entertained the Pontiff and the faithful during Wednesday’s general audience

Pope Francis met with President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican

Pope Francis’s message for Lent 2016 has been published by the Vatican

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The Pope spoke at a prayer service concluding the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

A Christian is a missionary called ‘to proclaim the Gospel with words’, the Pope told the faithful in St Peter’s Square

Francis delivered a speech which was remarkable for its continuity with St John Paul II and Benedict XVI