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Ed West is the deputy editor of the Catholic Herald

Former Man United footballer to become a priest

Mulryne during his Manchester United days (Tom Honan/EMPICS Sport)

Phil Mulryne, once a teammate of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, is now a seminarian in Rome

Pope Benedict features in new illustrated children’s book

The illustrations are by watercolourist Ann Kissane Engelhart

‘Be Saints’ recalls the Holy Father’s meeting with young people at the Big Assembly in Twickenham

Caritas supports Lords over child benefit cap

The House of Lords voted to exclude child benefit from the Government's proposed benefits cap (PA)

Blocking Government reforms was “vital to protect children facing poverty”

Report claiming rise in ‘unsafe’ abortions worldwide is disputed

The logo of the World Health Organization is seen at the WHO headquarters in Geneva (AP)

Pro-life groups says that the evidence of a rise is ‘dubious’

‘I can see God is working through this’

Philip Johnson pictured during a visit to Rome. He says that his diagnosis actually changed his life for the better. ‘It made my prayer stronger,’ he explains

Ed West catches up with Philip Johnson, the US seminarian diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour

Pope ‘may still visit Ireland next year’ despite diplomatic tensions

Fr Julian Green: 'The possibility is always there that the Pope might attend' (Photo: CNS)

Delegate of Eucharistic Congress says there are contingency plans in case Benedict XVI does visit

Holy See asks Iran to spare life of Christian pastor

Youcef Nadarkhani was given a death sentence for converting to Christianity

Spokesman for Bishops of England and Wales says Holy See officials are working through ‘diplomatic channels’

MPs reject Dorries plan to restrict abortion counselling

Nadine Dorries's amendment had only lukewarm support from the pro-life movement (PA photo)

Amendment that would prevent abortion providers offering counselling is defeated by a majority of 250

British Catholics give £3m to Africa

A woman holds her baby outside a tent serving as a medical clinic in Mogadishu, Somalia (CNS photo/Stuart Price UN handout photo via Reuters)

Catholics in England, Wales and Scotland have donated more than £3 million for the east Africa famine

Bishop Michael Evans loses fight against cancer

Bishop Evans persevered in service as a bishop even in the later stages of his cancer                                                          (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishop Evans has died of prostate cancer at the age of 59