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Benedict XVI is expected to declare John Paul II Venerable on Saturday.

Blessed Mary MacKillop, whose canonisation is also expected to be announced tomorrow, is hailed as the “patron saint of troublemakers”.

Lawmakers have voted to liberalise Spain’s abortion laws, despite strong opposition from the Church.

Author Philip Pullman says he is “very disappointed” by claims that Catholics prevented the translation of the whole His Dark Materials trilogy to the silver screen.

The Vatican explains why former archbishop Emmanuel Milingo is no longer a priest.

Zenit interviews Cardinal Cordes, the Vatican’s “charity crusader”.

Egypt’s Muslims denounce the Swiss minaret vote but prevent Copts from building churches.

Theo Hobson argues that faith schools are damaging religious identity.

Cranmer decodes our political leaders’ Christmas cards.

The Catholic News Service reflects on Pope Benedict’s momentous year.

Fr James Schall SJ applauds President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize address.

A German Shepherd is to guard Pope Benedict’s home in Bavaria.

And Andrew M Brown urges you to build your own Nativity stable.

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