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Mgr  John Armitage has been appointed the new Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (© Mazur/

Cardinal Nichols has praised Mgr Armitage for his ‘remarkable pastoral drive’

Pope Francis receiving a football from Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (CNS)

Bishop of Salford says that Catholics are all selected for Francis’s team

The Southern Water Christmas video

We Three Kings parodied in water company video

Former president of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese (PA)

The former president of Ireland will teach Irish Studies

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Gaudete Sunday (Photo: PA)

Pope made remark during homily on Gaudete Sunday

'Pope Francis obviously holds the Dalai Lama in very high regard but he will not be meeting any of the Nobel laureates,' a Vatican spokesman said (Photo: PA)

Decision seen as an attempt not to upset relations with Chinese government

Pope Francis passes an Argentine fan in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis is given a copy of a book entitled Malvinas Matters

St John of the Cross

Saint of the week: St John of the Cross

The saint who co-founded the barefoot Carmelites

The Christmas tree is positioned in St Peter's Square on December 4. The tree is an 82ft white fir from the Calabria region of southern Italy (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Daily readings: December 14 – 20

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Bishop Campbell (Mazur/

Threat by Bishop Campbell of Lancaster came during row over church closures