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An Egyptian Coptic Christian lights candles during Christmas Mass held at the St. Marc and the Virgin Mary Coptic church,in Lebanon  (AP Photo / Bilal Hussein)

Certainly something very striking is going on: are there here, really, reasons for hope?

A former Episcopalian priest kisses his wife after his ordination to the Catholic priesthood (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

As an ordinariate looks set to be established by next week, the debate about married priests reopens

A detail from a painting believed to be an authentic image of the writer made from life. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Sir Derek Jacobi is wrong to think that Shakespeare could not have written his own plays; the greatest poet and dramatist of all times was an Englishman and a Catholic

Pope Benedict XVI is pictured at the Epiphany Mass in St Peter's Basilica yesterday (Pier Paolo Cito/AP/Press Association Images)

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Egyptian Muslims and Christians in Cairo protest against the bombing of a Coptic church in Alexandria (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali)

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The England team celebrates during the fifth Ashes Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (Photo: PA)

After all, the mighty are being put down from their seats and the humble exalted

Pope Benedict XVI bows towards the Eucharist (Photo: CNS)

Liturgy must draw us towards the world beyond, says Fr John Zuhlsdorf. That’s how we can wake up our faith

Pope Benedict XVI greets mothers and babies during a visit to the Rome Gemelli hospital (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)

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Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing during his weekly general audience today. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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Three former Anglican bishops were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The speed of the operation is possible because of the Pope’s personal knowledge of those involved