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My neighbour’s miserable Christmas

Hearing about her experience I made an instant resolution

The Pope’s Thought for the Day was simple and profound

But not, perhaps, controversial enough for John Humphrys

More reasons to hope for a step change in the Vatican’s episcopal appointments policy

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/10

The cover of the Italian version of Light of the World, pictured during a press conference at the Vatican on November 23 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/12/10

Pope Benedict XVI exchanges Christmas greetings with members of the Curia in the Regia Hall yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

G K Chesterton, saint of the blogosphere

George Bernard Shaw, Hilaire Belloc and G K Chesterton at a London debate (Photo: PA)

He loved debate and controversy but at the same time managed to remain magnanimous to his enemy

Archbishop Mennini ‘has a reputation as someone who is going places’

The Italian archbishop has done brilliantly as nuncio to Russia and is regarded as a key Vatican insider

It could be that Rome has finally worked out what kind of nuncio we need

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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/12/10

Pope Benedict XVI, framed by Christmas decorations, delivers his Angelus address from his studio window overlooking St Peter's Square yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

What exactly is wrong with the commercialisation of Christmas?

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