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During his first general audience of 2012, Benedict XVI talked about the “joy and light” of the season and the power of the Holy Eucharist

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

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

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

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

Print edition 23.12.11

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Pope offers Christmas greetings to Vatican officials

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

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

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