It has been a year like no other for Catholicism, with Pope Francis calling for big changes in the Roman Catholic Church – including at the very top – saying the church needs to rethink rules and customs that are no longer widely understood or effective for evangelising.
Since his election in March, Pope Francis, the first pontiff to hail from Latin America, has made headlines by decrying the iniquities of modern capitalism, embracing the poor and people with disabilities and reaching out to gays and lesbians.
The Year Of The Pope
In a series of verbal challenges throughout the year and around the world, the Pope has emphasised how the church must change if it wants to survive.
We picked out a few of the the 77-year-old pontiff's best quotes: