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Pope Francis is silhouetted as he prays in front of the Nativity scene in St Peter's Square (AP)

As 2016 begins, Francis says ‘good always triumphs, even if in some moments it may seem weaker and hidden’

The Bosco Brothers use rap to appeal to young people

Salesians are using rap to share their faith with young people

Pope Francis celebrates the traditional Vespers and Te Deum on the last day of the year (AP)

Remember that you will be judged, says the Pope, especially on how you used your freedom and cared for the poor

Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

Francis gives thanks for the graces of 2013 on New Year’s Eve in St Peter’s Basilica