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Catholic cardinals get coal for Christmas from Pope Francis

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SOMALIA

Shabaab militants attack African Union base in Somalia

Armed men belonging to the Islamist group al Shabaab have launched an assault on the headquarters of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, attacking the base with explosives and gunfire, officials say.

FRANCE 24

VATICAN

Pope calls for 'tenderness' as millions mark Christmas

After an annual Christmas Eve Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis addressed some 5,000 worshippers to call for a new "tenderness" in our approach to the problems of others as millions began marking Christmas in a year of violence and unrest.

FRANCE 24

Fransciscan priests pray during a procession in front of the Bethlehem star inside the Grotto at the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 18, 2014

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

Christian faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Several thousand Christian pilgrims flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts.