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Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to lead his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican last week (CNS)

Pope Francis has been selected to as the 2016 recipient of Germany’s Charlemagne Prize

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (AP)

President Rouhani will travel to Rome after a previously scheduled visit was cancelled after Paris attacks

Archbishop Wojciech Polak of Gniezno, Poland, attends a youth meeting in early June in Lednica, Poland  (CNS)

Poland’s Catholic primate said Francis understands ‘pastoral realities’

Pope Francis greets a baby during the audience to exchange Christmas greetings with Vatican employees in Paul VI hall (CNS)

Francis offered pre-Christmas greetings to Vatican workers and their family members at the Paul VI hall

Pope Francis (CNS)

The resolution calls for a ceasefire, the establishment of a unity government and the calling of elections

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

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

Members of the Missionaries of Charity attend a service marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in 2010 (CNS)

Her canonisation will be the Year of Mercy’s crowning moment

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

Take a look inside this week's magazine

Take a look inside this week’s magazine