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Pope Francis spoke to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Circus performers entertained the Pontiff and the faithful during Wednesday’s general audience

The woman has been offered a place at a women’s shelter run by the Missionaries of Charity

The Prefecture of the Papal Household said that 3.2 million pilgrims visited this year compared with 5.9 million the year before

An 82ft Bavarian fir tree is already in place ready to mark the beginning of the Holy Year

Pope Francis addressed the crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Francis is due to visit the troubled country later this month

The Pope referred to the conclusion of the synod on the family during his Angelus address

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for the intercession of ‘the pope of the family’, St John Paul II

Housed in a Jesuit-owned building, the Gift of Mercy shelter was created by funds from the papal almoner