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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

Francis made the surprise comments at today’s general audience in St Peter’s Square

The event will take place in April next year as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrations

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

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

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