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The Nativity scene in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The way Vatican news is reported in the mainstream media has changed drastically since the arrival of Francis

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 Vatican's 2015 Christmas stamps feature a manuscript illumination of the Holy Family by an unknown artist from the 15th century (CNS)

Vatican Christmas stamps revealed

The image by an unknown artist is drawn from the Vatican Library

The Christmas tree is positioned in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

An 82ft Bavarian fir tree is already in place ready to mark the beginning of the Holy Year

The latest John Lewis Christmas advert has been released

Nostalgia is something that the laity are looking for at this time of year

Pope Francis meets street paper vendor Marc from Utrecht in the Netherlands

Pope Francis’s interview with a homeless man will appear in the Big Issue tomorrow

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