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Brian Friel, one of Ireland's foremost playwrights, died this morning (PA)

One of Ireland’s greatest playwrights, Friel was educated at Maynooth

Cardinal Nichols (CNS)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols urged them ‘to let the Holy Spirit fire your imaginations’

Archbishop Peter Smith pictured in the 'Jungle's' make-shift church (Archdiocese of Southwark)

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark joined more than 2,000 people taking part in the ‘Refugees Welcome’ Day of Action

Two ecclesiastical bodies have expressed concern that use of incense in worship could be an unwitting casualty of new legislation (CNS)

The Bill will make it a criminal offence to sell ‘any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect’

St Benedict's Catholic School was criticised by Ofsted inspectors last year

The complaint by the Catholic Education Service is in a written submission to the House of Commons Education Committee

The House of Commons has voted on the Assisted Dying Bill (PA)

Rob Marris presented his private member’s Bill in the House of Commons today

A happily married couple. Marriage is the big debate this autumn (CNS)

New measures come just before synod on family

Pope Francis, pictured last week, appeared on American television ahead of his papal visit (AP)

Pope praises single mother on ABC News’s ‘Town Hall’

The Houses of Parliament (PA)

Nearly 80 doctors have written to the Daily Telegraph to express their concerns ahead of House of Commons debate

The Chapel of the Snows at McMurdo Station (Alan Light/Flickr)

Catholic Church leaves Antarctica

The declining number of people attending church services means there is no longer a need for a Catholic priest