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Francis urges parents to bless their children at the beginning and end of each day

Cardinal Wuerl says politicians, the media and even Christians have remained silent about persecution of the faithful

Pope says St Stephen ‘offered as a gift his life in service for the poorest’

Pope also prays for western Christians who ‘encounter abridgements of liberty’

St Stephen (December 26) was hauled up before a Jewish court for rejecting sacrificial worship