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Members of the public queuing to enter Canterbury Cathedral (PA)

The crozier of St Pope Gregory the Great will be at Canterbury Cathedral this weekend

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis was speaking after reciting the Angelus on the first Sunday of the New Year

Tourists take a photograph in St Peter's Square (AP)

The Prefecture of the Papal Household said that 3.2 million pilgrims visited this year compared with 5.9 million the year before

Pope Francis waves to the crowds in St Peter's Square (AP)

Pope Francis delivered his Urbi et Orbi message from St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Christmas Eve (CNS)

The Pontiff has celebrated the traditional Midnight Mass at St Peter’s Basilica

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (AP)

President Rouhani will travel to Rome after a previously scheduled visit was cancelled after Paris attacks

Pope Francis greets a baby during the audience to exchange Christmas greetings with Vatican employees in Paul VI hall (CNS)

Francis offered pre-Christmas greetings to Vatican workers and their family members at the Paul VI hall

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

Kylo Ren, the bad guy in Star Wars:The Force Awakens

L’Osservatore Romano’s film review not impressed by JJ Abrams’ blockbuster