Pope Francis poses for a selfie with a young woman at the end of his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on Wednesday. The pope has now joined Instagram — although his account will be filled with press photos, not with selfies.
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Mother Teresa will be canonized this fall, the Vatican has announced. Here, a nun of the Missionaries of Charity decorates a picture of Mother Teresa before a special prayer service in Kolkata in December.
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Pope Francis looks on during a penitential ceremony on March 4 at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Francis has imposed new financial rules on those working to promote the canonization of potential saints.
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Pope Francis called on "all Christians and people of goodwill" to work toward abolishing the death penalty, as he addressed a crowd of tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday.
Pope Francis waves from the popemobile upon arrival in Ecatepec — a rough, crime-plagued Mexico City suburb — on Sunday. Pope Francis has chosen to visit some of Mexico's most troubled regions during his five-day trip to the country.
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Pope Francis will meet Patriarch Kirill in Cuba, in a historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that has divided the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches.
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For the first time since their churches split in the 11th century, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will meet in person. They're seen here in photos from earlier this year.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani opens a book he gave to Pope Francis as a gift at the Vatican on Tuesday. Rouhani is the first Iranian leader to meet with the pope since 1999. With sanctions against Iran falling away, Rouhani also announced business agreements with Italy as part of his visit to Europe.
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