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Ukrainian servicemen march with flags during the celebration of the  24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in Kiev (CNS)

Francis urged a ‘response to the humanitarian emergency in the country’ during his address to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Pope Francis delivers his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

For the first time in 60 years, the public recited the Assumption day Angelus prayer with a Pope at the Vatican

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pontiff was speaking on the 70th anniversary of the bombings of the Japanese cities

Pope Francis blesses faithful during the Angelus noon prayer he delivered from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican

The Pope made his appeal during his Angelus address on Sunday

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis reflected on the hurt family members can cause each other in his latest general audience talk

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope’s encyclical, Laudato Si, will be published tomorrow

Pope Francis reaches for a zucchetto thrown by someone in the crowd as he leaves his general audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Pope says there is no such thing as an ‘express marriage’

Pope Francis points to a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during his general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday (CNS)

The Pontiff started a new series of audience talks looking at the ‘real life’ of families today

Pope Francis said no sacrifice is too big for the sake of a child (CNS)

Pope says children are never a mistake

Pope Francis discussed the suffering of children at today’s general audience

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool)

‘By his death and Resurrection, Jesus shows everyone the way to life and happiness’, says Holy Father