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Pope Francis and Barack Obama meet for the first time Below: The Pope and the president exchange gifts, plus a video of the meeting (PA, RomeReports)

President Obama has visited the Vatican for a private meeting with the Pope

Pope Francis meets Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church  at the Vatican, in November 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope asks for prayers for Ukraine

Pope Francis urged the international community to promote dialogue

Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves his general audience today (CNS)

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

Pope Francis passes circus performers before his general audience in St Peter's Square Below: Video of performance and  performers move past the Pope (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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

The Vatican said that the motive was unknown (CNS)

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Pope Francis (CNS)

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

Francis at this morning's general audience in St Peter's Square (AP)

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Pope Francis with Vinicio Riva

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

Pope Francis at an audience for families on Saturday (AP)

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