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The real Francis is not the kindly figure in white showing indulgence to all that the world imagines

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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