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Pope Francis appealed to officials to take care of their spiritual life (CNS)

In his annual end of year address to Vatican officials, Francis says he prays daily to the English martyr

Cardinal Walter Brandmuller celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St Peter's Basilica in Rome (Photo: CNS)

Open letter makes an appeal for an end to ‘marginalisation’ of those attached to Extraordinary Form

Pope Francis waves as he arrives for an audience with members of the Italian Olympic Committee (CNS)

Francis made the comments to members of the Italian Olympic Committee

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul (AP)

In Christmas message cardinal remembers victims of Sewol ferry accident

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’

San Lorenzo celebrate a goal in their win over Auckland City (PA)

San Lorenzo will play in Club World Cup Final after victory over Auckland City

A choir of friars singing at a ceremony honouring St Francis (CNS)

Brother Michael A Perry explains ‘grave situation’ in letter

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis spoke to leaders of the German Lutheran Church earlier this week

Iraqi Kurdish forces survey a bridge rigged with explosives by Islamic State militants, as they inspect the area in Zumar, Iraq. (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)

Kurdish forces are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic State militants