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Print edition 24.12.10

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, Anna Arco talks to Archbishop Bernard Longley about his first year at Birmingham; Conrad Black enjoys Tony Blair’s book A Journey; and Transalpine Redemptorist Fr Michael Mary writes about Christmas amid the ice and wind in Orkney. Plus, we publish an extra 16-page Christmastide supplement featuring star writers such as Fr Robert Barron, Tracey Rowland, and Fr Tim Finigan.

Pope Benedict also talks about Newman, explaining that his much-quoted phrase ‘toast to conscience’ is often misused

Singing trio say that the famously misbehaving rock star has a ‘depth and sincerity’ to him that is not picked up by the media

Archbishop Conti describes Peter Howson’s portrait of St John Ogilvie as ‘powerful and prayerful’

Bishops of England and Wales appeal to the Government to review its treatment of Iraqi asylum seekers

Anglican clergy and laity who want to join the Ordinariate will be received into the Catholic Church during Holy Week

Bishops of England and Wales say the papal visit gave them confidence and strengthened their identity as Catholics

The US bishops’ conference is a model for the Church everywhere – if only our bishops followed it

Diocese of Middlesbrough must appeal directly to the Supreme Court or else settle what is thought to be the biggest abuse claim in English history

DVD issued by the bishops’ conference will include footage of all Pope Benedict’s speeches