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Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary (photo courtesy of the ordinariate)

Ordinariate leader Mgr Keith Newton hails ‘new and exciting step’

Fr Ragheed Ganni, killed in Mosul in June 207 (CNS)

Even if he was not responsible for a ‘miracle’, I will always be grateful to Fr Ragheed Ganni

Fr Federico Lombardi,  told journalists that McKinsey would consider how to coordinate or integrate the many different outlets  (PA)

The Vatican has hired two international consulting agencies

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Print Edition 20.12.13

In this week’s Christmas double edition of The Catholic Herald Hollywood star Bradley Cooper discusses faith and his father; Peter Hitchens on Christmas for contrarians; Archbishop Nichols’ Christmas message to readers; Madeleine Teahan selects 2013’s most memorable moments; the Herald’s people of the year are revealed; there’s a special festive supplement featuring pieces by Melanie […]

The Vatican said that the motive was unknown (CNS)

The man is currently being treated in hospital for severe burns

A scene from Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, filmed near Lake Toba in Indonesia

The best films of 2013

Executioners in Indonesia, astronauts adrift in space and a writer blocked in Rome have helped make 2013 a memorable year for film lovers

An injured boy rests at a medical clinic inside the UN compound on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan (CNS)

Bishops ‘condemn reports that refer to the violence as conflict between tribes’

The heir to the throne said that Christmas reminds us to love our neighbour (PA)

Prince Charles has said Christians are being targeted by Islamist militants

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard (CNS)

‘I hope the political class will be persuaded to reflect,’ says Archbishop Leonard

Archbishop Vincent 
Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

‘It is a privilege to assist in the important task of appointing bishops,’ said the Archbishop of Westminster