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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
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.
Two nuns look on as workers erect a Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The tree comes from Bavaria, Germany, is 25 metres high and weighs 7.2 tonnes.