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A detail from The Baptism of Christ  by Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci

It is practically obligatory for Christians to take part in enthusiastic celebrations to mark the feast of St John the Baptist

After Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations comes 'Blue Monday'

Embrace the post-Christmas blues

While God sometimes does extraordinary things in our lives, he sometimes doesn’t do ordinary things we feel would be immediately helpful

Pope Francis celebrating Epiphany on January 6 (CNS)

The great Holy Days surrender

By moving a feast day as ancient as the Epiphany to the nearest Sunday, we run the risk of contradicting the message we claim to proclaim

Epiphany is celebrated by Bulgaian Christians today (PA)

Weekday Holy Days a rarity in 2015

Change by Bishops’ Conference leaves weekdays empty until Christmas

Bishop Mark Davies will urge the faithful to remember the true meaning of Christmas (Simon Caldwell)

Bishop Davies says society must not attempt to achieve ‘cohesion’ by purging references to Christianity

Christopher Hitchens (PA)

Taki on how he took on the late Christopher Hitchens in the name of Catholicism

A delegation of Australian bishops to Lebanon and Iraq distribute gifts to refugees ahead of Christmas at Caritas Lebanon (CNS)

Australian bishops say they have seen ‘Christ reborn again’ among refugees in Lebanon and Iraq

An Iraqi Christian child who fled violence in Mosul (CNS)

Francis writes Christmas message of support to beleaguered Christians in the Middle East

Firemen walking past the bin lorry in George Square in Glasgow (PA)

Archbishop Tartaglia ‘heartbroken’ for all those caught up in crash in city centre

'A change came over my my town in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas'

Why atheists love Christmas

Non-believers aren’t as different to Christians as they think they are, says Jennifer Fulwiler