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The Homiletic Directory gives advice on how to prepare and deliver homilies (CNS)

Homily plays a vital role in engaging people in liturgy, says Archbishop Arthur Roche

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes comments during Mass at his residence in the Vatican

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope praises ‘beautiful work of mothers and grandmothers’ during Mass

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis used his Sunday Angelus address to continue the reflection he began on New Year’s Day

Bishop Mark Davies will urge the faithful to remember the true meaning of Christmas (Simon Caldwell)

Bishop Davies says society must not attempt to achieve ‘cohesion’ by purging references to Christianity

A Kenyan Christian re-enacts the Way of the Cross (CNS)

Christians around the world will endanger their lives this Christmas to celebrate their faith

The second Sunday of Advent is this weekend (PA)

The week ahead: December 7 – 13

Scripture readings in the ordinary and extraordinary form

The Vatican cricket team's #putoutyourbats tribute to Philip Hughes (Picture from @cardravasi)

St Peter’s players to attend Mass to mourn Australian batsman

The traditionally Anglican programme will broadcast from Catholic churches

Songs of Praise to include Masses

TV show to include services from other Christian denominations

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope makes comments in homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae