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Vatican Museums contains glorious frescoes

Cardinal Mauro Piacenza calls for a ‘Catholic reform’ of the priesthood

Benedict XVI takes part in traditional annual event

Benedict XVI addresses International Theological Commission

Print edition 3.12.10

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, Andrew M Brown reviews of Gods and Men, a strikingly moving French film about the last months of Cistercian monks who were killed in Algeria. Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith explores the significance of the Holy Father’s remarks on condom use, and John Hinton reviews a book about Joseph Goebbels, the would-be priest who built Hitler’s myth. Robin Baird-Smith, meanwhile, says that rage can be good for us.

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Richard Dawkins calls Scottish Football Association ‘craven’ and Church spokesman ‘a weasel’ over dismissal of referees

Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 11: 1-10; Romans 15: 4-9; Matthew 3: 1-12

St Ambrose was reluctantly made a bishop, but embraced Christianity to become one of the most prominent ecclesiastics of his time