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Cardinal Zen (AP)

The cardinal said if the Vatican cannot get a ‘good deal’ from the Chinese government then it must walk away from negotiations

The Vatican Christmas tree is positioned in St Peter's Square (CNS)

An 82-feet-tall Christmas tree was erected in St Peter’s Square last week

Jesuit Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach meeting Benedict XVI's during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica in 2006 (AP)

Pope Francis praised Fr Kolvenbach’s ‘complete fidelity to Christ and his Gospel’

Women religious gather outside the US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

Attorney representing Little Sisters of the Poor is ‘optimistic’ some or all of the Affordable Care Act will be repealed

Paul Nuttall (AP)

Ukip elects Catholic as its new leader

Paul Nuttall won the leadership contest with 62.6 per cent of the vote

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny (AP)

Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018

Enda Kenny tweets confirmation that the Pope will visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis speaking in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

Francis spoke in St Peter’s Square on the First Sunday of Advent

Members of the Cuban community dance in the street as they react to the death of Fidel Castro  (AP)

At Mass, priests prayed for ‘an end to communism, especially in Cuba and Venezuela’

Francois Fillon puts his hand on his hear after delivering a speech following the conservative presidential primary (AP)

Catholic politician has promised to defend ‘French values’ if he is elected

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims gathered for his Angelus address (AP)

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