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George Clooney is set to star in a special charity episode of Downton Abbey (CNS)

The Orthodox guide to surviving Advent

There’s no need to adopt their fasting rules, but we can learn quite a bit from the Russians’ preparations for Christmas

Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson, who play Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (AP)

Elizabeth Woodville was an extraordinary and beautiful woman whose descendents still rule us

Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

A new book gives an eye-opening account of the history of servants in Britain

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Pope Tawadros II talks  to the Associated Press (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 07/02/13

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Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey.

After all, the Earl of Grantham’s estate was stolen from the Church

Benedict XVI speaks at today's general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 15/02/12

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Archbishop-designate Charles Brown (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 20/12/12

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The costumes, the architecture and references to the First World War serve only as window-dressing

In it we watch the only aristocrats on earth who seemingly never care about money

Captain von Trapp understood the importance of discipline

We long for a habit of politeness and respect that parents no longer instil in their children