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The Pontiff has celebrated the traditional Midnight Mass at St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis has been selected to as the 2016 recipient of Germany’s Charlemagne Prize

President Rouhani will travel to Rome after a previously scheduled visit was cancelled after Paris attacks

An economic blockade imposed by neighbouring India has heightened the crisis for Nepalese

Poland’s Catholic primate said Francis understands ‘pastoral realities’

Francis offered pre-Christmas greetings to Vatican workers and their family members at the Paul VI hall

The resolution calls for a ceasefire, the establishment of a unity government and the calling of elections

‘In Iraq, we will celebrate the birth of Christ in silence and tears,’ said Patriarch Sako of Baghdad

Expressing same-sex marriage opposition ‘could put Catholic organisations at risk’

The ceremony at St Alphonsus Mary de Ligouri Church was part of the the Philippine bishops’ Year of the Poor