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Catholic leaders in Iraq have cancelled midnight Masses because of security risks.

Former Episcopal bishop Fr Geoffrey Steenson will be named the first Ordinary of the American Ordinariate, Virtue Online reports.

The web domain Vatican.xxx will not be sold to pornographers, the official registry of dot triple-X domains has announced.

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has created controversy after he said that the city’s Gay Pride parade might “morph into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism“.

The Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, Mgr Giovanni Martinelli, says that Libya is still plagued by violence.

John Thavis names Benedict XVI’s top 10 moments of 2011.

Economist Philip Booth argues that parts of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’s recent document on the financial crisis were “barely comprehensible“.

Fr Dwight Longenecker looks forward to the birth of the American ordinariate on New Year’s Day.

And a Nativity scene in Honduras has raised eyebrows for depicting the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi alongside the birth of Jesus (video).

I would like to wish readers a very happy Christmas. Morning Catholic must-reads will return on January 2