More than 20 million pilgrims have visited Rome during the Year of Mercy, the Vatican has said.
The Holy Father will meet 4,000 homeless people this weekend.
True ecumenism is when Christians shift their focus “from their arguments and formulations, to the Word of God”, Pope Francis has told the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (short video).
Gerard O’Connell says commentators focused on Vatican-China talks are missing another potential breakthrough.
And Starbucks’ red cups will include a Nativity scene this year.
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