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A boy dressed as Santa Claus as Catholics pray at the Deir al-Laten church in Gaza (Photo: CNS)

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?

President Obama and Cardinal Dolan of New York, pictured in October (AP)

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A Christmas tree next to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Photo: CNS)

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

Santa Claus: a commercialised symbol of Christmas (Photo: PA)

Or does that lessen the wonder and magic of Christmas?

St Nicholas visits St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The story of St Nicholas should be reclaimed, not cancelled

Pope Benedict pictured during his general audience this morning

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