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Many secularists would appreciate Advent (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

As the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem says, we should have a more moderate Christmas

St John the Baptist Preaching to the Multitude by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

Bar 5:1-9; Phil 1: 3-6 & 8-11; Ik 3:1-6 (Year C)

Pope Francis's shoes among hundreds of pairs of shoes in the Place de la République in Paris (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 30/11/15

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

A general view of shoppers on Oxford Street in central London (PA)

The wrong way to celebrate Advent

This is a time to prepare for the coming of Christ, not for the coming of Christmas

The Annunciation by Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863)

The promise of Advent embraces us all

Word this week: Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2 Sm 7: 1-5, 8-2 & 14; Rm 16: 25-27; Lk 1: 26-38 (Year B)

A child in St. Peter's Square holds a figurine of the baby Jesus (CNS)

The particular character of the Christmas season is that of a vigil

Mount Zion seen from the south by Victorian landscape painter Thomas Seddon

Second Sunday of Advent, ISAIAH 40: 1-5; 2 PETER 3: 8-14; MARK 1: 1-8 (Year B)

Michael Caine as Scrooge in The Muppet's Christmas Carol

The antidote to social media malaise this Advent is to spend some time in silence

‘My own veritable Joseph handed me his credit card and left me to it in Mothercare’  (PA)

This year I am experiencing Advent from a fresh angle, from Mary’s remarkable perspective as an expectant mother

George Clooney is set to star in a special charity episode of Downton Abbey (CNS)

The Orthodox guide to surviving Advent

There’s no need to adopt their fasting rules, but we can learn quite a bit from the Russians’ preparations for Christmas