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A delegation of Australian bishops to Lebanon and Iraq distribute gifts to refugees ahead of Christmas at Caritas Lebanon (CNS)

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

An Iraqi Christian child who fled violence in Mosul (CNS)

Francis writes Christmas message of support to beleaguered Christians in the Middle East

Firemen walking past the bin lorry in George Square in Glasgow (PA)

Archbishop Tartaglia ‘heartbroken’ for all those caught up in crash in city centre

'A change came over my my town in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas'

Why atheists love Christmas

Non-believers aren’t as different to Christians as they think they are, says Jennifer Fulwiler

The Christmas tree and Nativity scene outside St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Francis says Vatican Christmas decorations carry ‘a message of light, hope and love’

The Passion of Jesus performed by the Wintershall Players in Trafalgar Square (PA)

The Incarnation is drama in the true sense of the Greek word

The Annunciation by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

The promise of Advent embraces us all

Word this week: Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2 Sm 7: 1-5, 8-2 & 14; Rm 16: 25-27; Lk 1: 26-38 (Year B)

The Southern Water Christmas video

We Three Kings parodied in water company video

Children at St Benedict's Catholic school in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 'All the children are involved in the solemn enactment of something infinitely larger than them' (Photo: CNS)

The beauty lies in children stumbling through the extraordinary story of how God chose to enter the world

Pope Francis delivers his blessing while praying at a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome yesterday (CNS)

Francis also prays that Catholics have the courage ‘to go against the current’