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Fr Savio Hon Tai-Fai named secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples

According to the US columnist John Allen, Pope Benedict XVI will soon have named 21 of the 25 most senior officials in the Church (Photo: PA)

The bishops’ conferences could soon be beginning to look very different

Pope Benedict XVI exchanges Christmas greetings with members of the Curia in the Regia Hall yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

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Benedict XVI also recalls ‘unforgettable’ trip to Britain

Pope Benedict XVI exchanges Christmas greetings with cardinals and prelates in the Vatican's Regia Hall (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Pope Benedict also talks about Newman, explaining that his much-quoted phrase ‘toast to conscience’ is often misused

Pope Benedict XVI addresses the Roman Curia in the Regia Hill at the Vatican (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Pope Benedict XVI spoke at length about his trip to Britain during his annual address to the Roman Curia

Benedict XVI takes part in traditional annual event

Does the papacy need a ruthless manager? (Photo: CNS)

Or should the priority instead be on holiness and authoritative teaching?

Pope Benedict XVI speaks to journalists on the papal plane (Photo: CNS)

It’s time for reform. No pontificate can reach its full potential with an incompetent Vatican bureaucracy

Orthodox Metropolitan John Zizioulas and Dr Rowan Williams at the Vatican yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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