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A woman holds a picture of Pope Francis while waiting for holy mass at a stadium at Daejeon, South Korea, on Friday. The Pope commemorated more than 300 people killed in a ferry disaster in April.
New recruits of the Vatican’s elite Swiss Guard attend a swearing in ceremony at the Vatican. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consists of 100 volunteers who must be of Swiss nationality, Catholic, single, at least 174cm (5.7ft) tall and without a beard
Bishops wait for a mass to start ahead of the canonisation ceremony of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican
Pope Francis is helped on with his mitre during the Epiphany mass in St Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican, Rome.
The 13.8-meter (45.3-foot) white fiberglass figure will tower over the southern city of Czestochowa, home to Poland’s most important Catholic pilgrimage site, Jasna Gora. Funded by a private investor, the pontiff appears smiling and stretching his arms to the world.