Fog partially covers the Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica, fronted by a statue of Jesus, prior to the arrival of Pope Francis for his weekly general audience in Italy
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A bishop takes pictures of Pope Francis as he holds his weekly general audience, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican
Pope Francis exchanges caps during his weekly general audience at the Paul VI hall on Wednesday at the Vatican
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A group of people take selfies with Pope Francis during a meeting with the Youth Eucharistic Movement in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican.
Pope Francis hugs a child as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Wednesday
Pope Francis presides over Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican
Circus artists perform in front of Pope Francis during the Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican.
A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter’s facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe’s services sector to cross-border competition
Couples dance a tango in front of Saint Peter’s basilica at the Vatican on Wednesday. At the rear edge of the square more than 2,000 people, in Rome to celebrate the 78th birthday of Pope Francis, danced in “A tango for Pope Francis” event as music blared
A picture shows the silhouette of a stat…A picture shows the silhouette of a statue at St Peter’s square as the sun rises through clouds before a general audience of pope Francis
Franciscan monks wait for the arrival of Pope Francis before his general audience at St Peter’s Square on Wednesday at the Vatican
Swiss guards in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall before a private meeting between Pope Francis and Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, president of Malta, on Monday.
Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican in Rome.
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican today.
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
Nuns seem happy and animated at the end of the Pope’s weekly audience in St Peter’s square at the Vatican on Wednesday
Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama exchange gifts at the Vatican on Thursday. It is their first meeting.
Pilgrims cheer Pope Francis as he greets the crowd during his general audience at St Peter’s square on Wednesday at the Vatican.
Paola Ciabattini holds up her 19-month-old son Daniele De Sanctis, dressed as a pope, during Pope Francis’s weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Francis kissed the child as the new must-have Carnival costume made its debut at the Pope’s general audience on Wednesday.