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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 Pope said reading the signs of the times isn't a skill exclusive to "a cultural elite" (CNS)

God’s gift of freedom means people must not be afraid to use it, the Pope said

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope compared the efforts of athletes with Christians striving to get to heaven

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz,  the rapporteur of Circulus Anglicus 'A' (CNS)

The full report of Circulus Anglicus ‘A’

Next week's synod of bishops is a crucial event for the Catholic Church (CNS)

Letters from the Synod: September 29, 2015

Reports and commentary, from Rome and elsewhere, on the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Young people from Brazil pass on the World Youth Day cross to youths from Poland (CNS)

World Youth Day 2016 will take place next July in Krakow, Poland

Raphael's The Miraculous Draught of Fishes

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

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

St Peter's Square in the Vatican (AP)

The Church, rightly perceived, is a thing of divine wonder, even though it so often looks like a thing of earth

The Assumption of the Virgin by Francesco Botticini

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Revelations (11: 19 & 12: 1-6 ) Corinthians (15: 45-51 ) Luke (1: 39-56 )

Children dressed as angels react as they attend Christmas Mass at a Catholic church in Beijing (CNS)

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