From agressive seagulls to the first papal selfie, IBTimesUK presents 25 photographs that tell the story of the first year of Pope Francis's papacy.

March 13, 2013: Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals
March 13, 2013: Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, appears on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinalsReuters
March 17, 2013: Pope Francis greets the crowds as he goes walkabout after conducting a mass at St Anna Church inside the Vatican
March 17, 2013: Pope Francis greets the crowds as he goes walkabout after conducting a mass at St Anna Church inside the VaticanReuters/NASA/SDO
March 17, 2013: Pope Francis appears at the window of his future private apartment at the Vatican to bless the faithful, gathered below in St Peter's Square, during his first Sunday Angelus prayer
March 17, 2013: Pope Francis appears at the window of his future private apartment at the Vatican to bless the faithful, gathered below in St Peter's Square, during his first Sunday Angelus prayerReuters
March 18, 2013: Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner shakes hands with newly elected Pope Francis during a private meeting at the Vatican
March 18, 2013: Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner shakes hands with newly elected Pope Francis during a private meeting at the VaticanReuters
March 23, 2013: Pope Francis embraces Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as he arrives by helicopter at the Castel Gandolfo summer residence for a private meeting
March 23, 2013: Pope Francis embraces Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as he arrives by helicopter at the Castel Gandolfo summer residence for a private meetingReuters
March 28, 2013: Pope Francis washes the foot of a prisoner at Casal del Marmo youth prison in Rome
March 28, 2013: Pope Francis washes the foot of a prisoner at Casal del Marmo youth prison in RomeReuters
March 29, 2013: Pope Francis prone for prayer during the celebration of the Lord's Passion in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican
March 29, 2013: Pope Francis prone for prayer during the celebration of the Lord's Passion in St Peter's Basilica in the VaticanReuters
April 10, 2013: Pope Francis greets US singer Patti Smith during the weekly audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican
April 10, 2013: Pope Francis greets US singer Patti Smith during the weekly audience in St Peter's Square at the VaticanReuters
April 10, 2013: Pope Francis gives the thumbs-up to the faithful as he arrives in St Peter's Square for his weekly audience
April 10, 2013: Pope Francis gives the thumbs-up to the faithful as he arrives in St Peter's Square for his weekly audienceGetty
May 18, 2013: Pope Francis gestures as he talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a private audience at the Vatican
May 18, 2013: Pope Francis gestures as he talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a private audience at the VaticanReuters
July 28, 2013: Thousands of people crowd on to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro as Pope Francis celebrates mass
July 28, 2013: Thousands of people crowd on to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro as Pope Francis celebrates massReuters
July 29, 2013: Pope Francis listens to a journalist's question as he flies back to Rome following his visit to Brazil. The Pope, in some of the most conciliatory words from any pontiff on gays, said they should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society, but he reaffirmed Church teaching that homosexual acts were a sin
July 29, 2013: Pope Francis listens to a journalist's question as he flies back to Rome following his visit to Brazil. The Pope, in some of the most conciliatory words from any pontiff on gays, said they should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society, but he reaffirmed Church teaching that homosexual acts were a sinReuters
August 13, 2013: Italian footballer Mario Balotelli shakes hands with Pope Francis during an audience at The Vatican
August 13, 2013: Italian footballer Mario Balotelli shakes hands with Pope Francis during an audience at The VaticanGetty
August 29, 2013: Pope Francis poses for the first ever papal 'selfie' with young people who had come to the Vatican on a pilgrimage
August 29, 2013: Pope Francis poses for the first ever papal 'selfie' with young people who had come to the Vatican on a pilgrimage@FabioMRagona
December 14, 2013: Pope Francis has his skullcap removed by a child during an audience in Paul VI Hall in the Vatican
December 14, 2013: Pope Francis has his skullcap removed by a child during an audience in Paul VI Hall in the VaticanReuters
December 21, 2013: Pope Francis leads a Christmas audience in the Clementina Hall at the Vatican
December 21, 2013: Pope Francis leads a Christmas audience in the Clementina Hall at the VaticanReuters
January 6, 2014: Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he arrives to lead the Epiphany mass in St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican
January 6, 2014: Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he arrives to lead the Epiphany mass in St Peter's Basilica in the VaticanReuters
January 6, 2014: Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives to visit the Church of St Alfonso Maria dei Liguori in the outskirts of Rome
January 6, 2014: Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives to visit the Church of St Alfonso Maria dei Liguori in the outskirts of RomeReuters
January 6, 2014: A woman dressed as a character from the nativity scene puts a lamb around the neck of Pope Francis as he arrives to visit the Church of St Alfonso Maria dei Liguori on the outskirts of Rome
January 6, 2014: A woman dressed as a character from the nativity scene puts a lamb around the neck of Pope Francis as he arrives to visit the Church of St Alfonso Maria dei Liguori on the outskirts of RomeReuters
January 26, 2014: Pope Francis and children release doves...
January 26, 2014: Pope Francis and children release doves...Reuters
...which are then attacked by a seagull and a crow in St Peter's Square at the Vatican
...which are then attacked by a seagull and a crow in St Peter's Square at the VaticanReuters
January 29, 2014: A nun takes a picture of a mural depicting Pope Francis as a superhero on a wall near the Vatican
January 29, 2014: A nun takes a picture of a mural depicting Pope Francis as a superhero on a wall near the VaticanReuters
February 14, 2014: Pope Francis smiles as he waves to engaged couples from all over the world gathered in St Peter's Square on the feast of St Valentine
February 14, 2014: Pope Francis smiles as he waves to engaged couples from all over the world gathered in St Peter's Square on the feast of St ValentineGetty
February 19, 2014: A gust of wind blows Pope Francis's mantle over his head as he arrives to lead his general audience in St Peter's Square in the Vatican
February 19, 2014: A gust of wind blows Pope Francis's mantle over his head as he arrives to lead his general audience in St Peter's Square in the VaticanReuters
February 26, 2014: Francis blesses a baby dressed as a pope, as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience at the Vatican
February 26, 2014: Francis blesses a baby dressed as a pope, as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience at the VaticanReuters