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Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household, looks on as Pope Francis holds up his prepared talk and begins to speak off the cuff during an audience with religious at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis spoke at an event to mark the close of the Year for Consecrated Life

Archbishop Angelo Becciu, left (Photo: CNS)

The Vatican is ‘not a den of thieves’, says Archbishop Angelo Becciu

Pope Francis blesses a boy during his general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

Don’t spread hate, make friends instead, the Pope says in a Year of Mercy message

Pope Francis spreads incense on the statue of Baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for families (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Learn from baby Jesus, Pope says

People can ‘make baby Jesus smile by demonstrating our love and our joy because he is among us’

Pope Francis leaves at the end of the Mass for families (AP)

Francis urges parents to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day

Pope Francis greets a baby during the audience to exchange Christmas greetings with Vatican employees in Paul VI hall (CNS)

Francis offered pre-Christmas greetings to Vatican workers and their family members at the Paul VI hall

Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greeting to the Roman Curia in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican (CNS)

The Pope gave his annual talk to the Curia on Monday

Former archbishop Józef Wesołowski pictured in Santo Domingo in 2009 (CNS)

Former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, was taken ill shortly before he was due to stand trial

Franciscan Brother Juan Turios of Action Network prays in 2013 with immigration reform advocates in Washington (CNS)

In the past 50 years, the number of religious brothers has decreased drastically

The UN's COP21 Climate Change Conference (AP)

Pope Francis has said it would be ‘tragic’ if special interests won out over the common good