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Pope Francis greets the crowd during an audience with St Padre Pio prayer groups (CNS)

Members of the groups gathered in Rome to venerate the relics of St Padre Pio and St Leopold Mandic

Pope Francis shakes hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican (AP)

Pope Francis met with President Hassan Rouhani at the Vatican

If you spend a quarter of an hour in prayer each day your life will be transformed (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

After making a commitment to give God one per cent of my life, my spiritual life flourished

Pope Francis video speaking online to a Salvadoran student in 2014 (CNS)

The monthly messages will feature Francis asking for prayers on various challenges facing the world

Pope Francis is accompanied by Cardinal John Njue, archbishop of Nairobi, as he arrives for a meeting with priests, religious and seminarians on the sports field of St Mary's School in Nairobi (Photo: CNS)

The Pope, speaking off the cuff, suggests his audience might think him a ‘rude pope’

Bishop of Mendi, Donald Lippert

Bishop organising anti-sorcery meeting says nuns have been ‘threatened, stoned and burned’ while trying to help victims

Pope Francis gives a thumbs up (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-SCANDAL Oct. 14, 2015.

Francis encourages young people to read the Bible, sharing his own reading habits in his prologue for the new YoutCat German Bible

Cardinals gather in the Synod Hall at the Vatican last October (CNS)

Catholics urged to pray for participants during three-week gathering in Rome

Pope Francis prays near the statue of Our Lady of Charity, patroness of Cuba, in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in El Cobre (CNS)

Francis spent 45 minutes meeting with Cuba’s 17 bishops at the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity

Police officers at the bomb site in central Bangkok (PA)

The explosion at the Erawan Shrine in the city centre has killed at least 20 people