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Cardinal Zen (AP)

The cardinal said if the Vatican cannot get a ‘good deal’ from the Chinese government then it must walk away from negotiations

The Vatican Christmas tree is positioned in St Peter's Square (CNS)

An 82-feet-tall Christmas tree was erected in St Peter’s Square last week

Pope Francis meets President Tran Dai Quang of Vietnam during a private audience at the Vatican (CNS photo/Maurizio Brambatti via Reuters)

The 15-minute meeting follows a steady improvement in relations between the two states

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Pope Francis arrives in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican for his weekly general audience (AP)

Doubts about faith should spur deeper study and prayer, Pope tells general audience

Humberto de La Calle, left, head of Colombia's government peace negotiation team, listens as Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator Farc read a joint statement in October (AP)

The decision to sign the amended peace accord was made during a meeting at a heavily guarded Catholic retreat in Bogota

Hundreds of Burmese fishermen were rescued from an isolated island in 2015 (AP)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin recommended coordinated international efforts to end exploitation in the fishing industry

Pope Francis (AP)

Admonish sin without being a hypocrite, Pope Francis tells general audience

Pope Francis with Habsburg children in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican (Severin Meister)

The 21st-century Habsburg mission

What does it mean to be born into one of the most influential royal houses of Europe?

Pope Francis talks with Cuban President Raul Castro (CNS)

The prisoners were selected according to the nature of their crimes and their behaviour while in prison