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Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greeting to the Roman Curia in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican (CNS)

The Pope gave his annual talk to the Curia on Monday

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A lonely old man longs to see his family in Edeka’s shocking Christmas advert

Help tackle the plague of loneliness

Even when you know that elderly isolation is a problem in Britain, the statistics are still heartbreaking

Fireworks explode over the floating Christmas tree in Lagoa lake (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Our Christian duty in January is clear, we must carry on celebrating

The Nativity of Christ by Russian painter Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825)

Our Christmas can never be based on past memories alone. It must be for us, in our own day, a present work of the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis pictured at the Nativity scene in St Peter's Square last year (CNS)

The figures will be used in Nativity scenes across Italy this Christmas

Many secularists would appreciate Advent (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

As the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem says, we should have a more moderate Christmas

Papal infallibility is too often misunderstood (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope is only infallible when speaking on faith and morals, ex cathedra

The Nativity scene in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The way Vatican news is reported in the mainstream media has changed drastically since the arrival of Francis

A general view of shoppers on Oxford Street in central London (PA)

The wrong way to celebrate Advent

This is a time to prepare for the coming of Christ, not for the coming of Christmas