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A St VIncent de Paul Society member visits an older beneficiary

Visiting isolated and lonely people has immense economic benefit, study suggests

Pope Francis will visit the Great Synagogue of Rome on January 17 (AP)

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Pope Francis visits a homeless shelter set up by the Vatican near St Peter's Square (Photo: AP)

Two thousand tickets were made available for the Rony Roller Circus

Syrian refugees near the Turkish border (CNS)

Catholic peer says Britain should do more to help Christians facing ‘campaign of total annihilation’

Twenty Egyptian Copts and a Ghanaian man were murdered by ISIS extremists for being Christians

Open Doors list of most dangerous countries dominated by Islamic nations

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

Fra' Matthew Festing with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin in June (AP)

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Detainees are seen inside the Camp 6 detention facility in 2009 at Guantanamo Bay (CNS)

The Ghana Bishops’ Conference urged the government to “send these men back to wherever they came from”

Bishops from North America, Europe and South Africa process into the Church of the Good Shepherd for a Mass on the grounds of the Our Lady of Peace Center on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan (CNS)

Catholic bishops from around the world took part in a solidarity visit with the ‘forgotten’ Christians of the Middle East

Actor Jude Law as a fictional pope on the set of The Young Pope (PA)

The British actor is playing a fictional pontiff in a new series expected to be screened later this year