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Pope Francis touches a rosary during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30 (CNS)

The Pope spoke about World AIDS Day at his general audience

Pope Francis has an audience with the participants of a pilgrimage of French politicians from the Rhone-Alpes region (AP)

France’s diversity should be regarded as an opportunity to build a better world, Francis said

Pope Francis talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala (AP)

A Papal visit to Ireland will see the Pontiff enter into a a complex political situation

A red rose sits on top of the Chapecoense logo outside the Arena Conda stadium (AP)

The Pontiff referenced the tragedy, that claimed the lives of 71 people, during his latest general audience

Pope Francis greets  Stephen Hawking (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The Pontiff addressed the meeting held by Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Albanian artist Saimir Strati stands in front of a mosaic portrait of Mother Teresa, at the Kosovo National Museum (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Saimir Strati hopes his artwork will highlight the suffering of refugees

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis sent a written message to a meeting of treasurers of religious orders

Cardinal Zen (AP)

The cardinal said if the Vatican cannot get a ‘good deal’ from the Chinese government then it must walk away from negotiations

The Vatican Christmas tree is positioned in St Peter's Square (CNS)

An 82-feet-tall Christmas tree was erected in St Peter’s Square last week

Pope Francis meets President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti via Reuters)

The 15-minute meeting follows a steady improvement in relations between the two states