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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

The Vatican's 2015 Christmas stamps feature a manuscript illumination of the Holy Family by an unknown artist from the 15th century (CNS)

Vatican Christmas stamps revealed

The image by an unknown artist is drawn from the Vatican Library

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

An 82ft Bavarian fir tree is already in place ready to mark the beginning of the Holy Year

The latest John Lewis Christmas advert has been released

Nostalgia is something that the laity are looking for at this time of year

Pope Francis meets street paper vendor Marc from Utrecht in the Netherlands

Pope Francis’s interview with a homeless man will appear in the Big Issue tomorrow

A detail from The Baptism of Christ  by Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci

It is practically obligatory for Christians to take part in enthusiastic celebrations to mark the feast of St John the Baptist