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St Maria di Rosa (December 15) founded the Handmaids of Charity and died at the age of 42, exhausted by her good works

Daily readings: December 12 – 18

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 35: 1-6; James 5: 7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11

Canadian Anglicans request ordinariate

Anglo-Catholic parish becomes first mainstream Anglican group in Canada to ask to join an ordinariate

Bishops loyal to the Pope forced to take part in state-run assembly while others go into hiding to avoid arrest

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