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Pope Francis appealed for renewed efforts to end the conflict in Syria in his Regina Caeli address (AP)

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Pope Francis pours water over the head of a baby as he celebrates the baptism of 23 babies in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis celebrated Mass to mark the feast day of Jesus’s baptism in the River Jordan

Corinne Barber receives a blessing from Pope Francis

Corinne Barber was able to make a pilgrimage to Rome thanks to £9,000 of donations

Corinne Barber and Archbishop Leo Cushley

Family of Corinne Barber, who may only have months to live, raised £9,000 to fund a pilgrimage to Rome

Erica Firpo at the Empty Vatican event, where Instagrammers were allowed in to take pictures

Lucky Instagrammers had the place to themselves for one evening

Boys in the Sistine Chapel choir in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

The album, Cantate Domino, was recorded in the Sistine Chapel itself

The Sistine Chapel Choir sings in Westminster Cathedral in 2012
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The Sistine Chapel Choir will record the hymn (CNS)

Paul Inwood was among 90 composers to submit a composition to the Vatican

A group photograph of the homeless during their visit to the Sistine Chapel  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Holy Father asked the group to pray for him: ‘I’m in need of prayers by people like you’