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Pope Benedict XVI offers a blessing from the window of his apartment (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 17/12/10

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Santa Claus: a commercialised symbol of Christmas (Photo: PA)

Or does that lessen the wonder and magic of Christmas?

St Nicholas visits St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The story of St Nicholas should be reclaimed, not cancelled

Pro-life demonstrators walk through central Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/12/10

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

Pope Benedict pictured during his general audience this morning

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 15/12/10

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

Fr Marcial Maciel in an undated picture provided by the Legionaries of Christ (Photo: CNS)

If the Legion is to continue its existence, it needs to change, root and branch

A photograph of Marcial Maciel hangs in a Legion-affiliated building in Monterrey, Mexico (AP Photo/Monica Rueda)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/12/10

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Francis Campbell, Britain's first Catholic ambassador to the Holy See

We urgently need a more substantial replacement

Tony Blair and Christopher Hitchens at the Munk debate last month (Photo courtesy of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation)

That’s the point Tony Blair should have made in his debate with Christopher Hitchens

Pope Benedict XVI, centre, celebrates Mass at St Massimiliano Kolbe parish on the outskirts of Rome on Sunday (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 13/12/10

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