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Pope Francis greets family members presenting the offertory gifts as he celebrates Mass marking the feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

On the Feast of the Epiphany, Pope Francis said that the thirst for God is present in everyone

The Nativity of Christ by Russian painter Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825)

Our Christmas can never be based on past memories alone. It must be for us, in our own day, a present work of the Holy Spirit

Pope Francis pictured at the Nativity scene in St Peter's Square last year (CNS)

The figures will be used in Nativity scenes across Italy this Christmas

Bishop Seamus said at the heart of the priesthood is sacrifice (©Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Seamus Cunningham of Hexham and Newcastle proposed the motion on behalf of the Council of Priests in his diocese

What would you prefer at your wedding, Pam Ayres or King David? (PA)

The bishops of England and Wales are right about secular poems at weddings

The Last Judgment (Michelangelo)

Let us live today, whatever problems it might bring, so as to be ready to greet him when he comes

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is depicted in a modern painting by Stephen B Whatley, an expressionist artist based in London (CNS)

How to get more from MAGNIFICAT, the daily spiritual life companion

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis says that the sacrament of marriage is a ‘great act of faith’

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St Peter's Square today (PA)

Pope Francis made the appeal during his general audience today

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

Or does that lessen the wonder and magic of Christmas?