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

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/12/10

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

G K Chesterton, saint of the blogosphere

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

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

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

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)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/12/10

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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

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