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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

Pope Francis waves as he appears for the Angelus address on Sunday (AP)

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Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, will visit the Vatican (AP)

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Protesters are blocked from marching in Caracas, Venezuela (Photo: AP)

From Venezuela to Libya charismatic leaders have led their people down a blind alley

Pope Francis understands misrule from living in Argentina (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

We know that Francis is capable of plain speaking when he needs to be

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has a private audience at the Vatican in June 2013 (AP)

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Francis greet Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro last  June (CNS)

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Demonstrators confront police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela (CNS)

‘We call for political leaders to engage in sincere dialogue,’ says Caracas auxiliary bishop

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state (CNS)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin says Pope Francis has created “diplomatic momentum”

The Pope speaks to participants in the Rome pastoral convention (AP)

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