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Pontiff urges policy-makers to support larger families

Nine priests have been killed in Mexico in the past two years

Pope says St Stephen ‘offered as a gift his life in service for the poorest’

‘Truly there are so many tears this Christmas,’ says Pontiff, ‘together with the tears of the Infant Jesus’

Pontiff prays for children ‘abused and exploited under our eyes’ in Urbi et Orbi message

The Nativity shows ‘that God is Father and that his patient fidelity is stronger than darkness and corruption’

Official insist Francis’s trip next month is on schedule

Bishop Davies says society must not attempt to achieve ‘cohesion’ by purging references to Christianity

Two police officers were shot dead in New York on Saturday

Australian bishops say they have seen ‘Christ reborn again’ among refugees in Lebanon and Iraq