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Pope Francis meets George Clooney and his wife Amal at the Vatican meeting (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

During the event, Pope Francis said he has never considered following Benedict XVI into retirement

George Clooney (AP)

Clooney said the award to Marguerite Barankitse should inspire everyone to stand up for those in need

Fr Bernard Kenvi helps a Muslim child fleeing violence climb down from a truck in Bossemptele, Central African Republic. He is also pictured below (CNS photo/Siegfried Modola, Reuters)

The Aurora Prize, presented by George Clooney, aims to honour those who stood up for Armenians during the 1915 genocide

George Clooney is set to star in a special charity episode of Downton Abbey (CNS)

The Orthodox guide to surviving Advent

There’s no need to adopt their fasting rules, but we can learn quite a bit from the Russians’ preparations for Christmas

A scene from Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, filmed near Lake Toba in Indonesia

The best films of 2013

Executioners in Indonesia, astronauts adrift in space and a writer blocked in Rome have helped make 2013 a memorable year for film lovers