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Rome Reports chooses the 10 biggest Vatican stories of 2011

Highlights include the Pope’s first tweet and World Youth Day in Madrid

Benedict XVI dedicates general audience to prayer life of Holy Family

Pope says the example of the Holy Family should inspire all Christian families

Benedict XVI offers Christmas greetings to world

Pope prays for those suffering in the Horn of Africa in his Urbi et Orbi address

‘The greatest gift is Jesus Christ’

A figurine of the Christ Child is seen inside St Peter’s Basilica in 2009   CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters

English archbishops and a Scottish cardinal offer their Christmas greetings to readers of the Herald

Print edition 23.12.11

Print edition 23.12.11

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Benedict XVI makes annual address to Roman Curia

Pope offers Christmas greetings to Vatican officials

Pope explains meaning of Christmas during general audience

Benedict XVI spoke about the meaning of Christmas as well as the importance of being close to Christ throughout the entire year

Benedict XVI visits prison in Rome

Pope laments overcrowding in prisons and tells hundreds of inmates that they are worthy of dignity

Benedict XVI’s Christmas card is unveiled

Pope chooses picture of the Adoration of the Shepherds for Christmas greetings

‘Pope to canonise and name Hildegard of Bingen a Doctor of the Church’

According to Vatican commentator Andrea Tornielli, Blessed Hildegard of Bingen will be named a Doctor of the Church next October