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The Christmas tree and Nativity scene outside St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis says Vatican Christmas decorations carry ‘a message of light, hope and love’

The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in El Cobre, Cuba (Photo: CNS)

Pope hails ‘noble’ task of diplomacy in address to new ambassadors

Copies of the final report of a Vatican-ordered investigation of US communities of women religious (CNS)

Cardinal wants ‘self-assessment’ sparked by visitation to continue

A woman who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar earier this year  sits with a child in Syria's northern town of Qamishli (CNS)

Francis meets patriarch and 350 bishops, priests and lay people from the Syriac Catholic Church

Pope Francis said that we must find global solutions for tackling climate change (CNS)

Pope Francis sent a message to a summit on climate change in Lima, Peru

An installation for Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Cali, Colombia, July 30. The chairs represent more than 20 million men, women and children who are victims of human trafficking worldwide (Photo: CNS)

Sister Sharmi D’Souza says during one raid they rescued 37 women

Pope Francis will commemorate the birth of St John Bosco (CNS)

Papal visit will also mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Sanctions went into effect following repeated, but ‘unfortunately unfruitful ultimatums’

Pope Francis addresses his general audience (CNS)

The Pope told those at his general audience that a jealous heart is like acid

Islamic State fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

Pope Francis says situation of Christians in Middle East is ‘very close to my heart’