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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

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

Former archbishop Józef Wesołowski pictured in Santo Domingo in 2009 (CNS)

Former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, was taken ill shortly before he was due to stand trial

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

Franciscan Brother Juan Turios of Action Network prays in 2013 with immigration reform advocates in Washington (CNS)

In the past 50 years, the number of religious brothers has decreased drastically

Pope Francis  in Kenya during his recent papal visit (AP)

Pope’s visit to Mexico: full schedule

Francis is set to visit Mexico in February 2016