Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury says terror group staging a false apocalypse.
The pope's message was delivered during the Christmas Eve Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica.
World leaders are taking the opportunity to reflect and deliver messages of peace and hope.
Christmas is a time to be thankful for all that we have, the Queen will say.
Measures brought in ahead of expected pilgrim boom over Yuletide period.
Volunteers have organised Christmas celebrations for refugee children at shelters around Germany.
Just in case you forget something, check the supermarket Christmas opening times in advance.
Children can track where Santa Claus is and when he will be at their house - but only if they've been good.
App Santa, an online repository of apps offers massive discounts on popular iOS and Mac apps for Christmas.
'Let's do the right thing and help them win. It's Christmas', Bieber tells public.
Battle for soul of Spanish Christmas erupts in Madrid over plans to replace one of three kings with a queen
It is not the first time Madrid's Christmas parade has been the focus of cultural jostling.
Nasa says 'full cold moon' will peak at 23:11GMT.
42 people complained when Mulberry's advert promoting a handbag featured a fake nativity scene.
What does the holiday actually mean to people and why should we treasure it?
Bentzi Gopstein, head of Lehava, calls Christians 'blood-sucking vampires'.
Being a woman alone in public carries a risk that some men believe they are entitled to a smile or more.
No words are spoken in the video, which shows Mary, Joseph and Jesus.
Police have released CCTV footage of two men apparently stealing gifts from under a Christmas tree.
Record levels of rainfall have been recorded in the county over the last month.
We are crying out for reliable data showing just how many families go without a proper meal every day.
Still hunting for that 11th-hour Christmas present? We have the answers.
This year's best cookery books including Lawson's latest comfort food and Stein's adventures.
Only reindeer could guide Father Christmas through the night - and Rudolph is key to their journey.
A young turkey doesn't want to be roasted anymore than a puppy.
UK economy: George Osborne needs 'Christmas miracle' to hit deficit target after shock borrowing figures
Analysts say the government is still borrowing too much as November figures rise by £1.3bn.
His parents were out when he left the message: 'This is your son calling from the International Space Station'.
Tis the season to get engaged, with over 40% of proposals taking place over the Christmas period.
Tourist numbers have plummeted while annual celebrations have been toned down in Bethlehem.
The Fairytale of New York singer has had six operations in six months to mend his teeth.
Kent's Gravesend records 17.1C while even Devon kept above 14C overnight as odd weather continues.