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Christmas has become so debased in Britain perhaps it should be renamed to avoid confusion with the real thing

Pope Francis greeting  Patti Smith last year (CNS)

Smith met Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square last year

Not until February 1, at any rate

The booze fast is not just about saving our livers; people have a need for feasts and fasts

Those unfamiliar with the liturgy should be instructed by the priest when to stand and when to kneel, says Fr Lucie-Smith (CNS)

People who only very rarely go to Mass must find their annual or biennial trip to Church alienating and confusing

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi et Orbi blessing (AP)

Francis prays for peace in Syria, Iraq and South Sudan in Urbi et Orbi message

Francis kisses the statue of the Christ Child in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Holy Father says Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness

The Lord spoke to Elijah in the sound of silence Pope Francis said (CNS)

Love and tenderness is at the heart of the Christmas season, Pope Francis said

The four archbishop-designates lie prostrate during Mass at St Peter's (AP)

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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’

A figurine of the Christ Child is seen inside St Peter’s Basilica in 2009   CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters

‘The greatest gift is Jesus Christ’

English archbishops and a Scottish cardinal offer their Christmas greetings to readers of the Herald