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Mark Greaves is news editor at The Catholic Herald

Bishops ‘to discuss academies and free schools’ at plenary meeting

Education Secretary Michael Gove at the City of London Academy. The school is one of 200 academies already operating in England        Photo: PA

But head of CES warns that free schools and new academy schools will only be able to select half of their pupils on the basis of faith

Church faces £3.5 million shortfall from papal visit

The exact cost is not yet known but estimates suggest the Church in Britain is still several million short

Ushaw College may close next spring

Ushaw College

Trustees announce proposal to close 400-year-old seminary in June due to low student numbers and rising costs

Christianity is the most persecuted religion, say European bishops

Mourners gather around the coffin of Sandy Shabib Zahri, a Christian student murdered in a bomb attack near Mosul, Iraq (AP Photo)

COMECE urges EU foreign ministry to set up a ‘religion unit’ to promote cause of religious freedom more effectively

‘When we left, the stones came from behind’

The Transalpine Redemptorists pictured with Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen (Photo: Brother Martin)

Mark Greaves visits traditionalists in Orkney who are about to enter into full communion with Rome after decades of estrangement

Cameron tells Pope: ‘you have made Britain sit up and think’

David Cameron and Pope Benedict XVI at a farewell ceremony at Birmingham International Airport (Photo: PA)

In a powerful farewell speech, David Cameron says faith ‘has always been part of the fabric of our country’

Pope Benedict beatifies Cardinal Newman

The sanctuary at Cofton Park (Photo: PA)

In homily, Pontiff praises English men and women who resisted the ‘evil ideology’ of Nazism

Pope tells young people: ‘In silence, we find God’

(Photo: AP)

Pope Benedict XVI tells 2,500 people on Westminster Cathedral piazza that they should make space for silence every day

Pope expresses ‘deep sorrow’ at ‘unspeakable crimes’ of child abuse

Pope Benedict XVI at Westminster Cathedral this morning Photo: PA

Pope Benedict XVI speaks of immense suffering of victims in homily at Westminster Cathedral Mass

Pope urges states to respect freedom of religion

Pope Benedict XVI arrives with Baroness Warsi at the meeting of religious leaders earlier today (Photo: PA)

Pope Benedict XVI made the appeal in an address to the chief rabbi and other religious leaders