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Pope Francis kisses the statue of the Christ Child at Midnight Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

The Nativity shows ‘that God is Father and that his patient fidelity is stronger than darkness and corruption’

The Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral rehearse for the Christmas period inside St Paul's Cathedral, in central London (PA)

Please can we give these endless moanings about Christmas a rest?

Benedict XVI gives his blessing following the Urbi et Orbi address yesterday (AP)

Pope says Christians should ask: ‘What would happen if Mary and Joseph were to knock at my door?’

Benedict XVI kneels in prayer during Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope says Christ’s birth overcame distance between God and man