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An artist performs as Pope Francis meets children assisted by Santa Marta dispensary during an audience at the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis blows a candle on a birthday cake he was offered by children assisted by Santa Marta dispensary during an audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican. Pope Francis turned 83 on Dec. 17.

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Pope Francis sits at a table with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis passes among pilgrims as he arrives to preside over the celebration of Divine Liturgy and the beatification of seven martyred bishops of the Eastern-rite Romanian Catholic Church, in Blaj, Romania. Francis was traveling across Romania to visit its far-flung Catholic communities to make up for the fact that St. John Paul II was only allowed to visit the capital, Bucharest, in 1999 in the first papal visit to a majority Orthodox country.

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Pope Francis signs a motorbike as he meets members of an association of Jesus Bikers International who attended his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis twirls a soccer ball he was presented by a member of the Circus of Cuba, during his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis, framed between the branches of a Christmas tree, greets the faithful he recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi meets Pope Francis during a call on, in Vatican City. Satyarthi sought Pope's support for a new legally binding international law against growing digital and online forms of child sexual exploitation and abuse cases.

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Pope Francis and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin pose for photographers during a private audience at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis is greeted by youths during an audience for middle schools belonging to the "Cavalieri" group, which promote Christian life, in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, left, meet Pope Francis on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis speaks at the ILVA steel-making company in Genoa, Italy. Pope Francis has begun a one-day visit to the northern Italian port city of Genoa to meet with workers, poor and homeless people, refugees and prisoners. His opened his visit at ILVA, a troubled steel-making company, where workers in hard hats awaited him. The visit puts a focus on the plight of workers whose lives have been made precarious by years of economic crisis.

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Pope Francis offers the 'Golden Rose', recognition at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, in Fatima, Portugal. Pope Francis will canonize two poor, illiterate shepherd children whose visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago marked one of the most important events of the 20th-century Catholic Church.

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Demonstrators holding black crosses adorned with Venezuela flags and with the names of those who were killed in weeks of violent demonstrations calling on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro to step down, stage a demonstration in St. Peter's Square during Pope Francis Regina Coeli noon prayer, at the Vatican.

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Nadia Murad Basee Taha, the Yazidi woman who escaped sexual enslavement by the Islamic State group and went on to become advocate for others, kisses Pope Francis' hand during the pontiff weekly general audience, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis caresses a nun during a meeting with the clergy and religious, in Cairo.

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Pope Francis delivers his speech during a Mass he celebrated for Egypt's tiny Catholic community, at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo. Pope Francis came to Egypt on Friday for a historic visit to the Arab and Muslim majority nation aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God's name.

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Pope Francis is driven through the crowd in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis, left, is flanked by Pope Tawadros II, spiritual leader of Egypt's Orthodox Christians, 2nd from right, at Cairo's St. Mark's Cathedral. Francis is in Egypt for a two-day trip aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front that repudiates violence committed in God's name.

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Pope Francis, flanked by Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, right, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the pre-eminent institute of Islamic learning in the Sunni Muslim world, greets participants in an International peace conference, in Cairo, Egypt. Pope Francis is on a two-day pilgrimage to Egypt including a meeting with Egypt's president and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar as well as a Mass in a stadium on the outskirts of Cairo.

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Pope Francis walks past flowers as he celebrates the Easter Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis presides over the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession on Good Friday in front of Rome's Colosseum.

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Pope Francis presides over the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession on Good Friday in front of Rome's Colosseum.

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Pope Francis washes the feet of some inmates of the Paliano detention center, south of Rome. Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a maximum security prison on Holy Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve society's most marginal and give them hope. Francis urged the prisoners to help one another out and similarly "be the servant of others."

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Pope Francis salutes the faithful as he leaves St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome after presiding over a vigil prayer.

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A statue of Baby Jesus is displayed during the Christmas Eve Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica by Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis holding a statue of Baby Jesus leaves at the end of the Christmas Eve Mass celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis greets physicist Stephen Hawking during an audience with participants at a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, at the Vatican.

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Pope Benedict XVI meets with former Cuban President Fidel Castro (L) at the Vatican embassy on March 29, 2012 in Havana, Cuba. The Pope is finishing up his first trip to Cuba, fourteen years after Pope John Paul II visited the communist country.

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Pope Francis greets faithful at the end of a mass for pilgrims from the Netherlands in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican.

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A child presents Pope Francis with tulips at the end of a mass for pilgrims from the Netherlands in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis is greeted by faithful during an audience with the participants of homeless jubilee in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

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A visitor looks at "La Mona Ora, 1999", a sculpture of Saint John Paul II, an art instalation by Maurizio Cattelan at the museum Monnaie de Paris, in Paris.The exhibition runs from October 21 to January 8, 2017.

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A Missionaries of Charity nun greets Pope Francis upon his arrival in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for a jubilee audience for workers and volunteers of mercy.

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From left, Sr. Mary Prema Pierick, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, Marcilio Andrino, center and his wife Fernanda Nascimento Rocha leave at the end of a press conference at the Vatican. Andrino's cure of a viral brain infection, declared a miracle by Pope Francis earlier this year, was the final step needed to declare Mother Teresa a saint.

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Pope Francis prays inside the St. Maria of Angels Basilica in Assisi, Italy,. Francis called on followers to offer forgiveness to those who wrong them during a pilgrimage to his namesake's hometown marking the 800th anniversary of the Feast of Pardon initiated by St. Francis.

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Pope Francis hugs Argentine Rabbi Alejandro Avruj during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis wears a sombrero from Panama which was donated to him by a journalist on board the flight from Krakow, Poland, to Rome, at the end of his 5-day trip to southern Poland.

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Pope Francis tastes bread he was offered by women wearing traditional Polish clothes during his visit at a Caritas charity organization house, in Krakow, Poland.

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Pope Francis says goodbye from the window of the residence of Krakow bishops, where he stayed during his visit to southern Poland.

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"Lord, have pity on your people. Lord, forgive so much cruelty." reads this inscription by Pope Francis in the guest book at Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland. Pope Francis paid a somber visit to the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau becoming the third consecutive pontiff to make the pilgrimage to the place where Adolf Hitler's forces killed more than 1 million people, most of them Jews.

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Pope Francis prays in front of the Memorial at the former Nazi Death Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland

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Pope Francis walks through the gate of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland.

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Pope Francis looks out of the window as he drives in a public transportation tram to reach the venue of the World Youth Days in Krakow, Poland.

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Pope Francis waves to a cheering crowd of faithful as he drives by in a public transportation tram he used to reach the venue of the World Youth Days in Krakow, Poland.

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Pope Francis prays in front of the Black Madonna in the Jasna Gora' shrine in Czestochowa, Poland.

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Pope Francis is helped by Vatican Master of Ceremonies, Mons. Guido Marini as he stumbles on the altar during mass in Czestochowa, Poland.

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Pope Francis salutes faithful and pilgrims on his way to the royal Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland.

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Pope Francis with Polish President Andrzej Duda during an official welcoming ceremony at the royal Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland.

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Pope Francis signs an autograph on the arm of a boy during a special Jubilee audience with the poor from the dioceses of Lyon, France, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis is greeted by nuns in St. Peter's Square on the occasion of a jubilee audience, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis, left, and retired Pope Benedict XVI embrace during a ceremony to celebrate Benedict's 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest, in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican. The ceremony served in part to show continuity from Benedict to Francis amid continued nostalgia from some conservatives for Benedict’s tradition-minded papacy.

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Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II release white doves in front of Ararat's mountain after a ceremony at the Khor Virap's monastery, Armenia.

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Pope Francis, flanked by Catholicos Karekin II, prays during a visit to the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex in Yerevan, Armenia.

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Pope Francis flanked by Catholicos Karekin II and Armenia's President Serzh Sargsyan places flowers during his visit to Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex in Yerevan, Armenia.

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Pope Francis kisses Catholicos Karekin II as he visits the Apostolic Cathedral of Etchmiadzin, in Yerevan, Armenia.

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Pope Francis walks with a group of refugees he invited to join him on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis walks with a group of refugees he invited to join him on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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A child shows Pope Francis his toy cars during a jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Brave brave Pope Francis caresses a tiger during his audience with the "World of Travelling Shows" at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis caresses a panther cub during his audience to the "World of Travelling Shows" at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis caresses a tiger during his audience to the "World of Travelling Shows" at Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

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Jesus said: "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them!" -- Matthew 19:14 Pope Francis kisses a child who walked to him during his speech at a special audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis met disabled people participating in a meeting promoted by Italian Episcopal Conference.

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Pope Francis greets members of a marine search and rescue dogs school at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis poses for a family picture with migrants of the San Francesco association at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis greets a group of representatives of the Iranian clergy at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis meets with migrants of the San Francesco association at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis poses for a snapshot at a meeting with the Scholas Occurrentes, an educational organization founded by Pope Francis, at the Vatican.

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Sheik Ahmed el-Tayyib, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque, talks with Pope Francis during a private audience in the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis holds Magnum's leash as he poses for a photo with members of the Swiss Foundation Barry, a Saint Bernard breeding kennel, at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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The wind blows Pope Francis' mantle to his face at the end of an audience for the Holy Year of Mercy, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis puts on a skull cap given by a worshipper as he leaves after his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis greets participants in a special audience with members of the International Union of Superiors General in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Pope Francis said he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.

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Pope Francis poses for a group photo during a private audience with the freshly sworn in Vatican Swiss Guards, at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis receives the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen (Karlspreis) from mayor Marcel Philipp, left, and committee speaker Juergen Linden, right, during a ceremony at the Vatican. Pope Francis, accepting the prize for promoting European unity bemoaned that the continent's people "are tempted to yield to our own selfish interests and to consider putting up fences."

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis during their private audience, at the Vatican. Merkel was in Italy to attend a ceremony at the Vatican to give Pope Francis the International Charlemagne Prize, one of Europe's most prestigious prizes, for his message of tolerance, solidarity and encouragement.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel sits at a table with Pope Francis during their private meeting at the Vatican.

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Spain's King Felipe VI salutes Pope Francis after he received the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen (Karlspreis) during a ceremony at the Vatican. Pope Francis, accepting the prize for promoting European unity bemoaned that the continent's people "are tempted to yield to our own selfish interests and to consider putting up fences."

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Pope Francis caresses a child at the end of an audience to the participants to a congress on the progress of regenerative medicine and its cultural impact, being held in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican

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Pope Francis shakes hands with US vice president Joe Biden as he takes part in a congress on the progress of regenerative medicine and its cultural impact, being held in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis with a teen after confessing him, during Youth Jubilee at Saint Peter square in Vatican.

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Pope Francis shakes hands with a young faithful after confessing him, during Youth Jubilee at Saint Peter square. Sixteen teenagers have gotten an unexpected opportunity to confess sins to Pope Francis. The pontiff made a surprise appearance in St. Peter’s Square, where thousands were participating in Holy Year youth activities, with confession outdoors at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis confesses a young faithful during the Youth Jubilee at Saint Peter square in Vatican. Sixteen teenagers have gotten an unexpected opportunity to confess sins to Pope Francis. The pontiff made a surprise appearance in St. Peter’s Square, where thousands were participating in Holy Year youth activities, with confession outdoors at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis shows drawings made by children on his flight back to Rome following a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Pope Francis greets a group of Syrian refugees upon landing at Rome's Ciampino airport. Pope Francis gave Europe a provocative and concrete lesson in how to treat refugees by bringing home 12 Syrian Muslims aboard his charter plane after an emotional visit to the hard-hit Greek island of Lesbos.

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Pope Francis meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Pope Francis travelled to Greece for a brief but provocative visit to meet with refugees at a detention center as the European Union implements a controversial plan to deport them back to Turkey.

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In this photo released by Greek Prime Minister's office, a child greet Pope Francis, during a visit at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece. Pope Francis implored Europe to respond to the refugee crisis on its shores "in a way that is worthy of our common humanity," during an emotional and provocative trip to Greece.

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Pope Francis blesses a man at the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Pope Francis flanked by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, left, and Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos II, head of the Church of Greece, lay wreaths of flowers on the Greek island of Lesbos. The heads of the Catholic and Orthodox churches have conducted a prayer ceremony for refugees at the port of Mytilene, the capital of the Greek island of Lesbos where hundreds of thousands of have passed through on perilous journeys from the Turkish coast toward Europe.

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Pope Francis meets migrants and refugees at the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos. Pope Francis travelled to Greece for a brief but provocative visit to meet with refugees at a detention center as the European Union implements a controversial plan to deport them back to Turkey.

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Pope Francis hugs a baby, flanked by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, left, and Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos II, head of the Church of Greece, at the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.

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Pope Francis visits the Moria refugee camp in the Greek island of Lesbos. Pope Francis travelled Saturday to Greece for a brief but provocative visit to meet with refugees at a detention center as the European Union implements a controversial plan to deport them back to Turkey.

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A gust of wind blows Pope Francis' mantle during a jubilee audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Copies of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia ' (The Joy of Love) document on display prior to the start of a press conference, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has insisted that individual conscience be the guiding principle for Catholics negotiating the complexities of sex, marriage and family life in a major document that repudiates the centrality of black and white rules for the faithful.

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he arrives on his pope-mobile for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis hugs a young boy at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis meets 5-year-old Lizzy Myers, from Bellville, Ohio, and her mother Christine at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Lizzy has a rare genetic disease that is making her gradually lose her sight. The visit is a part of a "visual bucket list" her parents have crafted to show Lizzy some of the wonders of the world while she can still see them.

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Pope Francis meets 5-year-old Lizzy Myers, from Bellville, Ohio, and her mother Christine at the end of his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Lizzy has a rare genetic disease that is making her gradually lose her sight. The visit is a part of a "visual bucket list" her parents have crafted to show Lizzy some of the wonders of the world while she can still see them.

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