A few hundred people gathered for the annual lighting of the traditional Nativity scene and the Christmas tree in St. Peter's Square.
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Thirty-seven years after the Falklands war, a tiny statue of the Madonna taken at the end of the conflict and held in Britain is going home to Argentina in a gesture of reconciliation blessed by Pope Francis in Vatican City.
Some saints wear halos, others sport helmets.
Pope Francis on Sunday declared five people saints, including Cardinal John Henry Newman, a leading 19th century Anglican who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most influential Christian figures of modern times.
He has summoned bishops, laypeople and indigenous groups to join him in discussing the environmental and sacramental challenges facing the region.
The pope criticised countries that sell weapons but do not accept refugees from conflicts where arms are used.
Emanuela Orlandi disappeared after she left her family's flat in the Vatican City and headed to a music lesson.