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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

Benedict XVI spoke about the meaning of Christmas as well as the importance of being close to Christ throughout the entire year

Children from Holy Rosary Primary School gather outside after their carol service (Photo: Józef Łopuszyński)

Children make a joyful noise before Christmas

Children from Holy Rosary Primary School in Wolverhampton were full of energy before their carol service

Benedict XVI’s Christmas card is unveiled

Pope chooses picture of the Adoration of the Shepherds for Christmas greetings

Pope Benedict XVI is pictured at the Epiphany Mass in St Peter's Basilica yesterday (Pier Paolo Cito/AP/Press Association Images)

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My neighbour’s miserable Christmas

Hearing about her experience I made an instant resolution

Benedict XVI delivers his Urbi et Orbi blessing from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope urges Chinese Catholics to take heart

Benedict XVI kneels in prayer during Christmas Eve Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope says Christ’s birth overcame distance between God and man

But not, perhaps, controversial enough for John Humphrys

Nativity, by Philippe de Champaigne (CNS photo/Philipp Bernard, Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource)

At Christmas we are not bystanders

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24