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Pope Francis greets a man while meeting the disabled during his general audience in Paul VI hall (CNS)

At his latest general audience, Francis discussed the ‘many splendours’ of the baby Jesus

A Syrian man walks past posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo (AP)

Fragile countries have collapsed into civil war and flailing politicians have proved incapable of stopping the mayhem

Pope Francis (AP)

In the video message, the Pope asks deaf and hearing-impaired people to pray for him

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope said there is a ‘spirit of clericalism’ in those priests who ‘feel superior and distance themselves from the people’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis will celebrate Mass in the Paoline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace

Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Mass marking the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

At Guadalupe Mass, Pope Francis says Mary’s presence ‘leads us to reconciliation’

A nun inside St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral on Sunday (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)

Francis called Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros to express his condolences after the Cairo cathedral attack

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Vatican has released the Pontiff’s annual message for the World Day of Peace

The Christmas Tree and nativity scene are lit up in St Peter's Square, at the Vatican during a ceremony on Friday (AP)

The spire from the St Benedict Basilica in Norcia, along with some rubble, has been placed next to the life-sized nativity scene

Amoris Laetitia (AP)

Germain Grisez and John Finnis named eight positions ‘contrary to Catholic faith’ and asked Francis to condemn them