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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

A worker seals boxes of documents after a Mass in 2007 marking the conclusion of the initial phase of the Cause of Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of St John Lateran (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 04/01/11

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My neighbour’s miserable Christmas

Hearing about her experience I made an instant resolution

But not, perhaps, controversial enough for John Humphrys

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