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Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Below: Cardinals-designate Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua, Nicaragua (CNS)

Francis opens two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals at the Vatican

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Vatican observer at the UN in Geneva (CNS)

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Pope Francis greets an infant at a Mass on the Baptism of the Lord (Photo: CNS)

Francis made the remark during a Mass in which he baptised 32 babies

Pope Francis greets Mahmoud Abbas (CNS)

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A child watches the Mass on a screen in St Peter's Square (AP)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel this afternoon.

Mass in the Sistine Chapel

The Pope celebrates Mass in the Sistine Chapel

Cardinals attend Mass for election of pope in St. Peter's Basilica yesterday (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

It is called the ‘room of tears’ for a reason

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Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio is Pope Francis

Live coverage of the new pope’s first appearance

The chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel (AP)

Live coverage of today’s momentous events in Rome

Cardinals attended Mass at St Peter's earlier today (CNS)

Cardinal-electors swear oath to defend the Church