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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

Thomas Peters, pictured before the accident: 'I’ve never regretted a minute I’ve spent defending marriage'

In a rare interview Thomas Peters talks candidly to the Catholic Herald about his struggle to recover from injury

Joe Mantegna (Photo: PA)

Joe Mantegna will produce the film and take the role of Pio of Pietrelcina

The award honours Fr George Hunt, America magazine's longest-serving editor (Photo: CNS)

America magazine to honour former editor

A statue of St Finnian

Saint of the week: St Finnian

The saint who built the abbey at Clonard

The second Sunday of Advent is this weekend (PA)

The week ahead: December 7 – 13

Scripture readings in the ordinary and extraordinary form

The Royal Courts of Justice, where the Court of Appeal sits. Judges ruled that an unborn baby was 'not a person' (Photo: PA)

Court rejects compensation claim from disabled child whose mother drank heavily during pregnancy