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A woman wipes her tears during a ceremony in the Saint George church in Bashiqa, Iraq (AP)

Displaced Christians are praying for relatives they had to leave behind in Iraq

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 05/12/16

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

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

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

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

Pope Francis observes the Nativity scene in 2013 (AP)

The boat ‘represents tradition’ as well as the reality of migrants crossing the Mediterranean

Pope Francis prays in front of a Nativity scene during a visit to the  Franciscan shrine in Greccio, Italy (CNS)

Francis made a surprise visit to the place where St Francis of Assisi created the world’s first Nativity scene

Bishop Anthony Fisher was taken ill before Christmas (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishop Fisher was hospitalised after contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition that affects the nervous system

Pope Francis spreads incense on the statue of Baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for families (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Learn from baby Jesus, Pope says

People can ‘make baby Jesus smile by demonstrating our love and our joy because he is among us’

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