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Pope Francis (CNS) Below: Video of Pope Francis on John the Baptist (RomeReports)

John the Baptist knew his role was ‘to prepare people for an encounter with the Lord,” says Francis

Youths stand by a bonfire, on the eve of John the Baptist day in Croatia (AP)

Riotous bonfires, a special mass and celebratory feasting should be at the heart of the ‘Summer Christmas’

Pope Francis  (AP)

Francis calls on faithful not to forget old clergymen and women

Pope Francis has hailed the example of St John the Baptist (AP)

Pope urges Church to imitate courageous witness of St John the Baptist

Benedict XVI is framed by a Christmas tree during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Benedict XVI and Israeli prime minster Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Tel Aviv during the Pope's visit to the Holy Land in 2009 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

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Pilgrims from St John the Baptist in Uddingston, south Lanarkshire, enjoy tea at Bellahouston Park

Pilgrims enjoy tea at Bellahouston

Catholics from St John the Baptist in Uddingston, south Lanarkshire, pictured at Bellahouston Park

The Priests perform during the Classical Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

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