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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 Calcutta 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

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