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Highlights of a momentous year in Rome

Pope urges Chinese Catholics to take heart

Pope says Christ’s birth overcame distance between God and man

Print edition 24.12.10

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, Anna Arco talks to Archbishop Bernard Longley about his first year at Birmingham; Conrad Black enjoys Tony Blair’s book A Journey; and Transalpine Redemptorist Fr Michael Mary writes about Christmas amid the ice and wind in Orkney. Plus, we publish an extra 16-page Christmastide supplement featuring star writers such as Fr Robert Barron, Tracey Rowland, and Fr Tim Finigan.

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Feasts of the Nativity and Holy Family: Various readings

Gabrielle Donnelly speaks to Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg about his family, his faith, and being sent to jail as a teenager

Pope makes historic broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme

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

Pope recorded the three-minute slot in Rome earlier today, according to the BBC