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Bishop Anthony Fisher was taken ill before Christmas (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop Fisher was hospitalised after contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition that affects the nervous system

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis was speaking after reciting the Angelus on the first Sunday of the New Year

Pope Francis waves to faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday (AP)

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Pope Francis is silhouetted as he prays in front of the Nativity scene in St Peter's Square (AP)

As 2016 begins, Francis says ‘good always triumphs, even if in some moments it may seem weaker and hidden’

Members of the South African Faith Communities' Environment Institute protest in late July outside parliament in Cape Town (CNS photo/Nic Bothma, EPA)

The bishops say the government’s nuclear energy plans are unaffordable

The statue of Our Lady of Walsingham (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The papal decree was announced at ‘England’s Nazareth’ on the feast of the Holy Family

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  on the campaign trail (AP)

Mrs Clinton said that the evidence now shows ISIS’s campaign is one of genocide

Tourists take a photograph in St Peter's Square (AP)

The Prefecture of the Papal Household said that 3.2 million pilgrims visited this year compared with 5.9 million the year before

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a church in New Hampshire on Tuesday (AP)

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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’