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Pilgrims begin to fill St. Peter's Square on the day of St John Paul II's funeral (AP)

The atmosphere of prayer was palpable as tears flowed

Pope Francis carries palm fronds in procession at the start of  Palm Sunday Mass (CNS)

An estimated 70,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Mass at the start of Holy Week

The Sistine Chapel pictured as it was being prepared for the conclave in 2013 (CNS)

The visit has been organised by the papal aide who came up with the idea of installing showers for the homeless people near St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has issued a letter in which he describes capital punishment as ‘cruel, inhumane and degrading’

The Sistine Chapel (CNS)

Cardinal Angelo Comastri received the demand of €100,000 for the return of the Renaissance-era documents

Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

Separate statutes for the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy and a ‘general auditor’s office’ announced

St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

Rome on high alert with Islamic State just 300 miles from Italy

Pope Francis (AP)

Mass offered at the Vatican for Egyptian Copts killed by ISIS in Libya

A proposal to consolidate several Curial offices into two large groups has emerged (CNS)

Proposals for changes to structure of the Curia emerging at the Vatican

Pope Francis is welcomed by residents of the shanty town (PA)

The Pope made an impromptu stop in the Tiburtina area on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday