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The Fourth Sunday of Advent: Mi 5:1-4; Ps 80; Heb 10:5-10; Lk 1:39-45
The Nativity of the Lord: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14

Benedict XVI addresses the Curia in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI gave annual pre-Christmas speech to the Curia today

St Joseph and Christ in the Workshop by Pietro Annigoni (CNS photo)

Joseph’s hidden life is so eloquent

The foster father of Jesus appears only briefly in the gospels, says Fr James Martin SJ, but he still inspires a life of service

Pope Paul VI (Photo: PA)

The Italian pope, who reigned from 1963 to 1978, will now be known as ‘Venerable’

December 21 2012

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Pro-lifers at a vigil in Dublin earlier this month (Photo: PA)

Bishops respond to government plan to legalise abortion in limited circumstances

Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at St Patrick parish in the eastern suburbs of Rome (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI says Christians cannot collude with anything that undermines ‘noble vision of human destiny’

Archbishop Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Müller says members have often ‘sacrificed a great deal to be true to their consciences’

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

‘Catholics ought to avoid extremes’

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks exclusively to Mary O’Regan

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor says there was no mention of same-sex marriage in his party’s manifesto