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Pope Benedict leads prayers at the Vatican's Lourdes Grotto last night (CNS)

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Investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

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

Pope offers Christmas greetings to Vatican officials

Pope recalls ‘unforgettable moment’ of Eucharistic Adoration in Hyde Park

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