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Cardinal Kasper will make Communion for the divorced and re-married top of his priorities for 2015 (PA)

What to look out for in 2015

There may be trouble ahead

The Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral rehearse for the Christmas period inside St Paul's Cathedral, in central London (PA)

Please can we give these endless moanings about Christmas a rest?

File photo of Pope John Paul II's 1998 visit to Cuba

The Holy See has ended a historic quarrel and promoted world peace

Russian President Vladimir Putin (PA)

An attack on Lithuania might seem unlikely given that it s part of Nato, but Russia might risk it

The Dalai Lama (PA)

If the Pope had met the Dalai Lama, Chinese Catholics would have been made to suffer

Ridley Scott poses during a photocall for his film "Exodus" (PA)

Hollywood is full of bright people with a nose for the next classic, but they do not always find it

'The Archbishop of Canterbury is right to focus on the way so much food gets thrown away' (CNS)

We expect hunger in Africa, sadly, but that it happens in Britain too, one of the world’s richest countries, is shocking

A Kenyan Christian re-enacts the Way of the Cross (CNS)

Christians around the world will endanger their lives this Christmas to celebrate their faith

A bust of Pope Pius IX at an exhibition in Florida (PA)

Those who ridicule the Syllabus have clearly never read it – it’s a handy guide to avoiding doctrinal blunders

A boy dressed as Santa Claus as Catholics pray at the Deir al-Laten church in Gaza (Photo: CNS)

Much-loved Fr Dennis Higgins has caused a storm over his apparent remarks to children. But why are we obsessed by the figure of a great fat man bearing presents?