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Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, president of the German bishops' conference (AP)

Freiburg spokesman says local Church has authority to issue new guidelines

St. Francis Xavier, St. Ignatius of Loyola and Blessed Peter Faber are shown in an icon (CNS)

Pope Francis is expected to make Blessed Peter Faber a saint

An icon of St John of Damascus, who was a vigorous opponent of the iconoclasts

The saint known as the ‘golden speaker’

St John of Damascus (December 4) was declared a Doctor of the Church by Leo XIII in 1883

Daily readings: December 1-7

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The First Sunday of the Year, Is 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rm 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44 (Year A)

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Print Edition 29.11.13

In this week’s print edition of The Catholic Herald there is full coverage of the Pope’s first apostolic exhortation; Joseph Seferta says Christianity is draining away across the Middle East; Mary Wakefield on Syria; Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith interviews Terry Sanderson, the president of the National Secular Society; Quentin Falk reviews Saving Mr Banks; and there […]

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

‘We need to look at the world not as an enemy that is indifferent to the Gospel,’ says Archbishop Longley

George VI, whose stammer was recently the subject of the Oscar-winning film, The King's Speech

Even Moses stuttered

Speech problems can actually help clergy, says Phong Vinh Nguyen

Key points of Evangelii Gaudium

In his first apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis publicly laid out what he wants to focus on during his pontificate

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, prays in the ruined Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Our Lord  in Palo earlier this month Below: More devastation wrought by Super Typhoon Haiyan (CNS)

Ordination ceremonies take place amid the ruins of typhoon-ravaged cathedral