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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro giving Pope Francis a gift in 2013 (AP)

Opposition leader Ernesto Samper will ask Pope Francis to send a representative to the country

A woman adjusts a candle among floral tributes near Munich's Olympia shopping centre where a shooting left nine people dead  (AP)

Francis asked the faithful in St Peter’s Square to pray that ‘the Lord might inspire in everyone intentions of goodness and fraternity’

Carmen Hernandez (Neocatechumenal Way)

Together with Kiko Arguello, Hernandez founded the Way in the 1960s

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, speaks during the conference (CNS)

The Vatican sponsored a panel discussion, Eliminating the Trafficking of Children and Youth, at the United Nations

Pope Francis checks his watch as he talks with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

In his time as Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi has encountered moments of great joy but also times which have required sensitive diplomacy

Flowers and stuffed toys are placed at a makeshift memorial to honour the victims of the Nice lorry attack (AP)

The Pontiff offered ‘a paternal and fraternal embrace to all of France’ after the lorry attack in Nice

Cardinal Robert Sarah's comments have caused a liturgical earthquake (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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Refugees receive clothing from volunteers on a street in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Mobile medical unit was donated by the Vatican to a volunteer group of doctors and nurses

Forensic officers stand near a truck that ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Fr Lombardi said the Vatican shared in the suffering of victims after a lorry ploughed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day

Blessed Alojzije Stepinac enters a Zagreb courtroom in 1946 (CNS file photo)

Catholic and Orthodox commission seeks to ‘clarify some questions of history’ regarding Blessed Alojzije Stepinac