In Vatican City, Pope Francis delivered his annual Christmas address to the Cardinals and Bishops who govern the church.
This address is a time for him to talk about his plans for the church in the coming year and exchange well-wishes with colleagues. This year has been an eventful year for the pope as he celebrated his 78th birthday last week on the same day that the US renewed ties with Cuba.
The Pope had been a key advocate for the historic deal. He made personal pleas to the leaders of both countries.