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Sister Nabila Saleh participates in Mass at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza (CNS)

Hold the Christians of Gaza in your hearts

Cardinal Nichols reflects on his recent visit to the tiny Catholic community in Gaza

Mount Zion seen from the south by Victorian landscape painter Thomas Seddon

Second Sunday of Advent, ISAIAH 40: 1-5; 2 PETER 3: 8-14; MARK 1: 1-8 (Year B)

A scene from John Lewis's 'Monty the Penguin' advert Below: Sainsburys' First World War effort

Christmas has become so debased in Britain perhaps it should be renamed to avoid confusion with the real thing

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope makes comments in homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae

Pope Francis, as cardinal of Buenos Aires, washes and kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users (CNS)

As well as the Pope, Catholics can also take their lead from Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Dominican Father Gustavo Gutierrez (CNS)

Liberation theology is being re-examined under Pope Francis, according to Dominican Father Gutierrez

An altarpiece showing the souls in purgatory at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Purgatory exists even if we rarely talk about it

Benedict XVI prays in front of the Shroud of Turin (CNS)

Imaging expert rejects claim shroud was used in a 14th-century re-enactment of the Resurrection

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday (CNS)

Francis spoke to 8,000 lay members of the international Schonstatt movement

Our latest Christian Adams cartoon

After an ugly and jarring fortnight, the synod fathers are now back on course