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The pontiff made a 10-hour visit aimed at encouraging the country’s multi-faith society but at the same time overlooking recent criticism of a referendum that extends the president’s term and powers.

Azerbaijan, the second-largest Shiite Muslim nation after Iran, has a tiny Catholic population – fewer than 300 Azeris are Catholics.

Francis met with representatives of all the main faiths as well as President Heydar Aliyev before heading back to Rome.

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The thrill seekers on the wings

Two wing-walking aerobatic performers from the British Breitling Jet Team attracted great public attention by staging breathtaking mid-air performances at the 2017 Zhengzhou Air show which opened on T