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Mass at the Southern Cathedral, Beijing, on Christmas Eve (AP)

2015 has been even worse than previous year for persecution

Some oft Thomas Becket's relics found their way to Hungary

Relics of St Thomas Becket are kept at Estergom, Hungary

Pope Francis named the new bishop for the Scottish diocese yesterday (AP)

The see, in the west of Scotland, has been vacant since April 2014

A Syrian refugee stands next to a boy inside his tent in late September at the Faydha refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley (CNS photo/Nabil Mounzer, EPA)

Tiny country has 1.5m Syrians on to of 500,000 Palestinians from previous conflicts

Mgr Lynn was the first American Catholic official to be charged with child endangerment (AP)

Pennsylvania Superior Court has thrown out Mgr William Lynn’s conviction for child endangerment

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 delivers his Angelus address from his window overlooking St Peter's Square yesterday (AP)

Pontiff urges Central American nations to show ‘generosity’ towards migrants seeking to enter United States

Pope Francis waves to the crowds in St Peter's Square (AP)

Pope Francis delivered his Urbi et Orbi message from St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi  message at the Vatican (AP)

Pope Francis delivered the Urbi et Orbi message from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis holds the book of the Gospel as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The Pope’s homily from Midnight Mass in St Peter’s Basilica