Faithful celebrate canonisation of first female Brazilian saint | AFP

Hundreds of Brazilians in Salvador applaud and cheer as Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes, dubbed the “mother of the poor”, is made a saint by Pope Francis in the Vatican. IMAGES

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Pope Francis creates five new saints in canonisation ceremony | AFP

Pope Francis creates five new saints, including Britain’s Cardinal John Henry Newman – one of the Catholic Church’s most renowned converts – and a nun dubbed the “Mother Teresa of Brazil”. Heads of state from across the world attended the canonisation ceremony, which also raised a Swiss laywoman as well as two other nuns – an Indian and an Italian – to the highest position within the Church. IMAGES

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Pope arrives in Mauritius for the last stop of his recent Africa tour | AFP

Pope Francis was welcomed by Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on the runway as his plane landed in Port Louis. He will spend the day there as part of a visit to Indian Ocean countries before flying back to Madagascar and then on to Italy. IMAGES

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Pope Francis receives rapturous welcome at the Akamasoa charity | AFP

Pope Francis is welcomed to the Akamasoa charity association by Father Pedro, an Argentinian priest who has lived in Madagascar for over 40 years and is a beloved Catholic figure in Antananarivo. IMAGES

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Madagascar: Pope arrives to deliver mass to vast crowd | AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Soa Mandrakizay diocesan field in Antananarivo to deliver mass to a crowd of thousands of Malagasy catholics. The pontiff visited Mozambique earlier in the week and is also due to travel to the island of Mauritius.

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Madagascar: Pope Francis arrives to deliver mass to vast crowd | AFP

Pope Francis arrives in Soa Mandrakizay diocesan field in Antananarivo to deliver mass to a crowd of thousands of Malagasy catholics. The pontiff visited Mozambique earlier in the week and is also due to travel to the island of Mauritius. IMAGES

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Poverty, strife-hit Madagascar welcomes Pope Francis | AFP

Pope Francis arrives at Iavoloha Palace, the official residence of the President of Madagascar, as the pontiff carries out the middle leg of a tour of Mozambique, Madaagascar and Mauritius.

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Malagasy evangelicals siphon power away from traditional churches | AFP

Malagasies are flocking to evangelical churches that have been springing up over the past thirty years. A trend that concerns local Catholic leaders, who are losing some of their members to these new churches, as the country prepares to receive a visit from Pope Francis from 6-8 September.

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Pope Francis arrives in Antananarivo for Madagascar visit | AFP

Pope Francis arrives at the airport in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, for the second leg of his three-nation African tour. He was met at the airport by Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina. IMAGES

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