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Benedict XVI arrives at St Peter's Square for the Mass opening the Year of Faith (Photo: AP/Andrew Medichini)

Pope Benedict XVI opens Year of Faith

Pope inaugurated the Year of Faith this morning with 14 surviving Fathers of the Council
• Read full text of Benedict XVI’s homily
Video of the Pope’s homily
• Read full text of Patriarch Bartholomew’s address

Archbishop Nichols issued a statement after it emerged that Marriage Care offered counselling to same-sex couples (Photo: Mazur)

Archbishop says otherwise the charity could lose his patronage and no longer be called ‘Catholic’

Visita ad limina 16

‘The Church is not a group of friends’

Ed West talks to pioneering Brazilian traditionalist Bishop Fernando Arêas Rifan about Rome, heresy and healing divisions

Merely speaking about the Eucharist landed you in court under Elizabeth I, says Ed West

Should the last king killed in battle be given a Catholic burial in Westminster?

The High Court has granted a judicial review of the plan following a legal challenge by campaigners (Photo: PA)

High Court grants judicial review of plan to open a Catholic primary and secondary in Richmond

Richard II

The family that made England

Ed West is impressed by a superbly told history of medieval England

Olympic Stadium

Vincent Nichols looks forward to building a ‘fraternity of peace’ through games

Has City dominance of the British economy gone too far?  Carl Court/PA Wire

Greed at the top

Ed West applauds Ferdinand Mount for taking on the sharp divide between rich and poor in Britain

Foppe, aged 6, with his father, and Pope Paul VI

John Foppe tells Ed West that his faith has helped him to become a father, speaker and leader despite being born with no arms