Pope Francis calls in Christmas message for unity against militant atrocities

December 28, 2015
Pope Francis waves during the "Urbi et Orbi" (to the City and the World) Christmas message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano/Handout via Reuters

(Pope Francis waves during the “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and the World) Christmas message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano)

Christmas trees around the world | The Wider Image

December 23, 2015

The Christmas tree has a rich history, from evergreen trees to symbolise eternal life in Ancient Egypt to tree worship by pagan Europeans. The modern version has its origins in Germany, where the song “O Tannenbaum” is still a festive favourite.

New “Michelin guide” for the homeless hits streets of Rome

December 23, 2015
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Caritas homeless centre in downton Rome, Italy, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi - RTX1ZA0N

(Pope Francis opens the Holy Door at the Caritas homeless centre in downton Rome, Italy, December 18, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Re-print of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ unleashes row in Germany

December 23, 2015
A copy of Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle) from 1940 is pictured in Berlin, Germany,  in this picture taken December 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

(A copy of Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle) from 1940 is pictured in Berlin, Germany, in this picture taken December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch)

Special Report – China co-opts Buddhist sect in drive to discredit Dalai Lama

December 23, 2015
Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, answers questions as he gives an interview in Brussels in this December 3, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Thierry Roge/Files

(Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, answers questions as he gives an interview in Brussels in this December 3, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Thierry Roge)

The politics of Tibet’s poisonous religious divide

December 23, 2015
Tibetan Buddhist monks attend a Buddhism gathering overseen by Gyaltsen Norbu (not seen), the 11th Panchen Lama,  at the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily

(Tibetan Buddhist monks attend a Buddhism gathering overseen by Gyaltsen Norbu (not seen), the 11th Panchen Lama, at the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily)

Chinese government response: The Dalai Lama’s ‘religious tyranny’

December 23, 2015
Practitioners of the Dorje Shugden movement, a break-off group from Tibetan Buddhism, protest against the Dalai Lama as he speaks inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Mooney/Files

(Practitioners of the Dorje Shugden movement, a break-off group from Tibetan Buddhism, protest against the Dalai Lama as he speaks inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Mooney)

Some Catholics heed Pope Francis’s call to succour refugees, others look away

December 23, 2015
Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis talks during a special audience with members of Italian episcopal conference (CEI) in Paul VI hall at the Vatican December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis tells Vatican officials reform will go ahead with ‘firm resolve’

December 23, 2015
Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia in the Sala Clementina (Clementine Hall) of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alberto Pizzoli/Pool

(Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia in the Sala Clementina (Clementine Hall) of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Alberto Pizzoli)