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Archbishop Nichols talks to another speaker at the conference (Mazur/

His view contrasts with those of Dr Rowan Williams, who this week described the Big Society as a ‘painfully stale slogan’

Bishops of England and Wales pictured during their ad limina visit last year (Photo: Mazur)

Bishops of England and Wales seek to map out aims for the next five to 10 years at a meeting that may lead to a shake-up of Eccleston Square

Physicist Stephen Hawking meets Benedict XVI during an audience for scientists at the Vatican (AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano, HO)

From astronomy to philosophy Catholics have made an extraordinary contribution to western civilisation, says Fr Andrew Pinsent

Canon Reginald Fuller the day before his 100th birthday

Canon Reginald Fuller has died at the age of 102

Mary Lyons

Lives remembered: Mary Lyons

Mary Lyons, founder of the Girls’ Young Christian Workers movement, has died at the age of 92

The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St Andrew, pictured during the extensive renovations. Ronnie Convery says work will continue until ‘about five minutes’ before the re-opening Mass

Mark Greaves visits Glasgow’s Catholic cathedral as workers toil to finish one of the most ambitious church renovation projects in years

Members of St John the Baptist Anglo-Catholic parish in Sevenoaks, Kent, stand in the Mall during the Pope’s visit to Britain last September (Photo: Claudia Aquilina)

Mark Greaves meets the brave members of an Anglo-Catholic parish in Kent who are preparing to cross the Tiber together in Holy Week

Mgr Michael Schmitz carries a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament during a procession to conclude Forty Hours devotion at the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

Bishop enters ‘exploratory negotiations’ with the Institute of Christ the King over future of huge church closed almost three years ago

Pope Benedict XVI's clothing, including his white socks, is made by the Gammarelli family in Rome (Photo: AP)

Socks from papal tailor sold online

Gammarelli tailoring can be purchased on the internet for the first time – in the form of red socks

Matthew Fradd sought freedom from pornography addiction after a bad fall. ‘While my wife was leading a Bible study with women, teaching women about their dignity, I was looking at pornography’

Mark Greaves talks to Matthew Fradd, the 28-year-old who conquered his porn addiction and is helping others to do the same