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Italian actor Roberto Benigni holds a copy of The Name of God Is Mercy at the book's launch (CNS)

Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni was at the unveiling of a newly published book-length interview

Ambassador Nigel Baker lays the wreath at the tomb (blogs.fco.gov.uk)

Ambassador Nigel Baker commemorated the 250th anniversary of James Francis Edward Stuart’s state funeral

A Swiss Guard keeps watch as Pope Francis speaks during an audience with the Vatican diplomatic corps in 2015 (CNS)

The Pope spoke to members of the diplomatic corps in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Pope Francis discussed migration, terrorism and mercy during his annual address to diplomats

David Bowie, who has died following an 18-month battle with cancer (AP)

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi tweeted lyrics from one of the rock legend’s biggest hits

Members of the public queuing to enter Canterbury Cathedral (PA)

The crozier of St Pope Gregory the Great will be at Canterbury Cathedral this weekend

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis was speaking after reciting the Angelus on the first Sunday of the New Year

Tourists take a photograph in St Peter's Square (AP)

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

Pope Francis waves to the crowds in St Peter's Square (AP)

Pope Francis delivered his Urbi et Orbi message from St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Christmas Eve (CNS)

The Pontiff has celebrated the traditional Midnight Mass at St Peter’s Basilica