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Pope Francis is presented with a gift by President Maithripala Sirisena during a private audience at the Vatican in December last year (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, Pool)

President Sirisena also thanked his friend, Cardinal Ranjith, for giving him advice

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The cardinal said that his comments about the liturgy at a conference in London last month were misinterpreted

A refugee camp for Christians in Erbil, northern Iraq (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

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Christians deplore the recent attacks on churches in the Indian capital (AP)

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A Hindu priest gives a shawl to the Pope during an interfaith meeting in Sri Lanka (PA)

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Pope Francis arrived at a moment of rare national harmony, with genuine hopes for renewal

Pope Francis holds up a medallion of St Therese of Lisieux after answering questions from the media aboard his flight to Manila (CNS)

The Pope was given a framed image of the Little Flower during his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines

Pope Francis greets Buddhist monks at the Agrashravaka temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano/pool)

Pope Francis is only the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle talks to media in Manila about the papal visit (AP)

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Pope Francis releases a dove in Madhu (PA)

Pope Francis was speaking at the the Church of Our Lady of Madhu in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Colombo (PA)

‘Our Lady remained always with you,’ the Pope tells the faithful in Sri Lanka