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Topic: St Peter’s Square

Persecuted Christians should follow Japanese example, says Francis

250 years ago Japanese Christians ‘survived with the grace of baptism,’ Pontiff tells general audience

Pope entertained by circus performers during general audience

Francis tells faithful that baptism gives them ‘unwavering hope and strength’

Man sets fire to himself in St Peter’s Square

The man is currently being treated in hospital for severe burns

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Pope Francis calls on Catholics to pray for nuns kidnapped in Syria

Pope makes plea during general audience in St Peter’s Square

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Disfigured man describes moment he met Pope Francis

Vinicio Riva says he felt like he was in ‘paradise’ when the Pope embraced him

Francis celebrates family life with 100,000 people in St Peter’s Square

Pope urges couples to see marriage as a life-long journey

Hundreds gather for Race of Faith in St Peter’s Square

Seminarians, Olympians and children take part in relay organised by Pontifical Council for Culture

Pope says Church should face wayward members like a merciful mother

Francis elaborates on ‘Church as mother’ theme during general audience