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People gather in Trafalgar Square to remember the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in France (PA)

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was iconoclastic in the traditional sense – an attack on makers of images

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass on the feast of the Epiphany in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope delivers homily during Mass to mark the feast of the Epiphany

A delegation of Australian bishops to Lebanon and Iraq distribute gifts to refugees ahead of Christmas at Caritas Lebanon (CNS)

Australian bishops say they have seen ‘Christ reborn again’ among refugees in Lebanon and Iraq

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