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Diocese of Middlesbrough must appeal directly to the Supreme Court or else settle what is thought to be the biggest abuse claim in English history

Pope Benedict XVI greets young people gathered outside Westminster Cathedral (Photo: PA)

DVD issued by the bishops’ conference will include footage of all Pope Benedict’s speeches

Security forces and locals gather at a scene of a bomb blast in Baghdad this morning (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

At least three people have been killed and two dozen injured in yet another terrorist attack on Iraq’s Christians

Mourners gather on the street as coffins arrive for a funeral Mass in Baghdad (Photo: PA)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols says his thoughts and prayers are with all those Iraqis struggling against violence and extremism

Anglicans who take up the Pope’s offer of an Ordinariate may be able to continue worshipping in their Church of England buildings

James MacMillan's new Mass setting was controversial among some Church officials (Photo: PA)

Scottish composer reveals ‘almighty row’ over his setting for the papal Masses in Glasgow and Birmingham

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

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

Ushaw College

Ushaw College may close next spring

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

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