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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

Pope Francis carries palm fronds in procession at the start of  Palm Sunday Mass (CNS)

An estimated 70,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Mass at the start of Holy Week

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells persecuted Christians that they have not been forgotten

A view of the washing facilities just off St Peter's Square (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

New facilities off St Peter’s Square are a way to ‘give people their dignity’, says papal almoner Archbishop Konrad Krajewski

Balloons are released as Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio overlooking St Peter's Square at the Vatican (PA)

Coloured balloons were released by children accompanying Pope Francis on the last Sunday of January

An Olympic venue? (CNS)

St Peter’s Square could be Olympics venue

Archery may be held in Vatican if Rome wins 2024 Olympics bid

A picture of Pope Francis inside Manila Cathedral, where he will celebrate Mass on January 16 (CNS)

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Pope Francis greeting  Patti Smith last year (CNS)

Smith met Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square last year

The papal almoner is urging parishes with large numbers of homeless people to install their own showers (Photo: PA)

Papal almoner says showers will be put into public loos in St Peter’s Square

The homeless will be able to wash beneath the windows of the Apostolic Palace (AP)

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