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An Egyptian Coptic Christian lights candles during Christmas Mass held at the St. Marc and the Virgin Mary Coptic church,in Lebanon  (AP Photo / Bilal Hussein)

Certainly something very striking is going on: are there here, really, reasons for hope?

The England team celebrates during the fifth Ashes Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (Photo: PA)

After all, the mighty are being put down from their seats and the humble exalted

Three former Anglican bishops were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The speed of the operation is possible because of the Pope’s personal knowledge of those involved

According to the US columnist John Allen, Pope Benedict XVI will soon have named 21 of the 25 most senior officials in the Church (Photo: PA)

The bishops’ conferences could soon be beginning to look very different

Archbishop Antonio Mennini has firmly defended the place of the Orthodox Church in Russian society (Photo: CNS)

But we really don’t know; maybe I’m being guilty of wishful thinking

A Christmas tree next to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Photo: CNS)

The more presents people buy, the faster the economy will recover: so let it rip

St Nicholas visits St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The story of St Nicholas should be reclaimed, not cancelled

Fr Marcial Maciel in an undated picture provided by the Legionaries of Christ (Photo: CNS)

If the Legion is to continue its existence, it needs to change, root and branch

Francis Campbell, Britain's first Catholic ambassador to the Holy See

We urgently need a more substantial replacement

A book of Grimm fairytales presented at an exhibition in Germany (Photo: PA)

I know about the sinfulness of human nature; why can’t I get used to it?