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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

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)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 22/12/10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or does that lessen the wonder and magic of Christmas?