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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?

In his autobiography Tony Blair writes about the funeral of Diana but does not think of it in Christian terms (Photo: PA)

He doesn’t think much of our bishops, either: but what about the US?

Pope Benedict celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi on a Thursday, while in England and Wales it has been moved to Sunday (Photo: CNS)

This year, Twelfth Night will be on day eight: give us a break

A priest skims a copy of Light of the World, a book-length interview of Pope Benedict XVI conducted by the journalist Peter Seewald

They were not helped by the claims of some Catholics that Catholic teaching on sexuality was collapsing

The late Cardinal Hume withdrew his support for parish-based conversions in the early 1990s because of the opposition of some bishops (Photo: PA)

In the words of Cardinal Ratzinger then, ‘what are the English bishops afraid of?’

Pope Benedict XVI speaks to journalists on the papal plane (Photo: CNS)

It’s time for reform. No pontificate can reach its full potential with an incompetent Vatican bureaucracy