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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

Take a look inside this week's magazine

Take a look inside this week’s magazine

Pope Francis blows a candle on a birthday cake he was presented by a group of youths of the Catholic Action he received during a private audience at the Vatican  (L'Osservatore Romano/pool photo via AP)

The children have spent the year helping migrants

Crowds await the arrival of Pope Francis for his Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Vatican has recognised a second miracle attributed to Blessed Mother Teresa

Pope Francis prays during a general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican earlier this month (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The initial effects of Mitis Iudex are now beginning to filter through into actual cases being heard before tribunals

Vallely says that becoming Pope liberated Francis to be the person he wants to be (AP)

A revised edition of Paul Vallely’s biography paints Francis as a frail man aware of his limitations

Pope Francis (CNS)

Jesus is ‘free of charge’, says Pope during his weekly general audience

Pope Francis sits next to Imam Tidiani Moussa Naibi during a  meeting with the Muslim community at the Koudoukou mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

Pope Francis praised for the ‘simple message’ he delivered to the troubled country’s Christians and Muslims

Sao Paulo Cardinal Odilo Scherer opens the Door of Mercy (CNS)

North America’s only Holy Door at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Quebec was opened on the weekend

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis has approved decrees for 17 on path to sainthood