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Much-loved Fr Dennis Higgins has caused a storm over his apparent remarks to children. But why are we obsessed by the figure of a great fat man bearing presents?

Morning Catholic must-reads: 06/12/12

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The more presents people buy, the faster the economy will recover: so let it rip

Or does that lessen the wonder and magic of Christmas?

The story of St Nicholas should be reclaimed, not cancelled

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 15/12/10

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