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

Francis was speaking at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall during the first day of his papal visit

Pope Francis walks past Sri Lankan dancers upon his  arrival in Colombo (PA)

Pope Francis begins papal visit with speech delivered in English at Colombo airport

Pope Francis (PA)

Pope Francis also called on Muslim leaders and other religious officials to condemn terrorism in speech

Pope Francis will begin his papal visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines tomorrow (CNS)

Francis will be welcomed in Sri Lanka by the country’s new president

Pope Francis baptises a baby in the Sistine Chapel (AP/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

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A tribute to the murdered journalists outside the French Consulate in San Francisco (AP)

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Souvenirs marking the papal visit to Sri Lanka on display in a Catholic bookshop in Colombo (CNS)

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Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, hot-headed leader of the group Bodu Bala Sena, or 'Buddhist Power Force' (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Pope Francis faces a big challenge when he heads to Sri Lanka this month – dealing with the bitter hostility of the island’s extremist Buddhist monks

An elderly Sri Lankan prays at a roadside shrine of St Anthony in Colombo (AP)

Official insist Francis’s trip next month is on schedule

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith with Pope Francis in Rome in February (CNS/Paul Haring)

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