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A file with personal details of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil in Bangalore, India (AP)

In a video message Fr Tom Uzhunnalil says his health is deteriorating

Yu Zhengsheng, a member of China's Politburo Standing Committee (AP)

Yu Zhengsheng said Catholics should ‘adhere to the Sinicisation path of the religion’

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St Peter's Square during a jubilee audience (AP)

There were two million fewer visitors compared to 2014, but slightly more than in 2015

Pope Francis looks at a performer from the Golden Circus during the general audience (CNS)

Pontiff welcomes circus performers to last general audience of 2016

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi Christmas day blessing (AP)

The Pope said his Christmas message ‘goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all peoples, especially those scarred by war’

Pope Francis waves to faithful prior to delivering the Urbi et Orbi Christmas day blessing from the main balcony of St Peter's Basilica (AP)

In his Urbi et Orbi blessing, the Pope called for an end to the fighting in Syria and other war-torn countries

Pope Francis kneels as he celebrates Midnight Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Christians must avoid being ‘concerned for gifts but cold toward those who are marginalised’

Llyn Cwellyn, near Rhyd Ddu, North Wales (PA)

Londoners and northerners were least likely to believe in a God or higher power

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, is a signatory of the Christmas message (CNS)

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Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor (Photo: Mazur/

In an article for the Catholic Herald Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor said leaving the EU was a ‘huge step’ in British history