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Christian missionaries with a Khasi tribal woman in Guwahati, India.  (CNS photo/EPA)

Pope Francis said that young people who are fed up with materialism should consider becoming missionaries

A detail from The Visitation by the Italian Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo

Let us pray for the Bethlehem of our day

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Micah 5:1-4; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-44 (Year C)

Catholics light candles for the victims of the Paris attacks at Notre Dame de France, the French Church by Leicester Square (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Talk of a ‘hierarchical’ God and a ‘vertical’ universe overlooks basic Catholic doctrine

Pope Francis leaves at the end of the vigil in St Peter's Square (AP)

‘Every family is always a light, however faint, amid the darkness of this world,’ says Holy Father

Pope Francis pictured at this week's general audience (CNS)

Francis says Church must avoid ‘false conflict’ between pastors and academics

A detail from Holy Trinity, a fresco painted by Luca Rossetti da Orta (1738–9)

MAGNIFICAT: Trinity Sunday

How to get more from MAGNIFICAT, the daily spiritual life companion

Pope Francis urged Franciscan friars to hold true to their charism of fraternity, humility and poverty (CNS)

Pope Francis held an audience with Fransican leaders yesterday

Pope Francis blesses the faithful with holy water as he celebrates Pentecost Mass on Sunday (CNS)

Pope Francis delivered a video message to a Christian unity celebration in Phoenix.

Penetecost (1732) by French painter Jean II Restout

The Solemnity of Pentecost, Acts 2:1-11; 1 Cor 12:3-7 & 12-13; Jn 20:19-23 (year b)

Pope Francis baptises a baby in the Sistine Chapel (AP/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/01/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church