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The Christmas tree and Nativity scene outside St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis says Vatican Christmas decorations carry ‘a message of light, hope and love’

Monstrance fished from Maryland reservoir is centerpiece of new adoration chapel at Baltimore shrine

Brass monstrance now placed in a chapel dedicated to vocations

Pope Francis said that the country was renowned for peaceful coexistence (CNS)

Pope Francis said that bishops must embrace the social dimension of the Gospel

Bishops arrive at St Peter's on Sunday for a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis delivered homily during Mass at St Peter’s on Sunday

Newly married couples attend a wedding ceremony witnessed by Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica (AP) Below: A video of the ceremony (CTV)

Marriage is a symbol of ‘real life’, Pope tells newlyweds in Rome

Francis enters St Peter's Basilica at the start of the Easter Vigil (AP)

Francis baptises 10 people from around the world at Easter Vigil in St Peter’s

Pope Francis lies prostrate in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis presides at Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis breathes over chrism oil during the Chrism Mass (CNS)

Pontiff says that, like many priests, he has sometimes felt isolated and gloomy

Pope Francis goes to Confession in St Peter's Basilica

Holy Father launches 24-hour Festival of Forgiveness at St Peter’s Basilica

Holy Father launches 24-hour Festival of Forgiveness in Rome and around the world