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The poll coincides with a report on human happiness issued by Cafod, Tearfund and the thinktank Theos

The claim, by Bavarian author Peter Seewald, is based on a series of interviews with the Pontiff earlier this year

Journalists listen to an address at the World Press Congress in Rome earlier this week (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Benedict XVI tells media gathered at a conference in Rome to seek the truth every day

Blessed Mary MacKillop is pictured in an undated, colourised handout photo from the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Photo: CNS)

Claim that Mary MacKillop was excommunicated for speaking out against an abusive priest is an invention, says Fr Gardiner

Bishop Mark Davies is installed at the cathedral in Shrewsbury in what he described as a ‘poignant’ ceremony

In his first pastoral letter, Bishop Mark Davies calls faithful to a year of prayer to Mary

Pilgrims at Hyde Park (Photo: PA)

Archbishop Nichols also talks of being ‘engulfed by joy’ as he travelled with the Pope in the popemobile

Cardinal Seán Brady and four Irish bishops at a press conference in Rome (Photo: CNS)

Ireland’s four most senior prelates to meet Apostolic Visitors appointed to address the clerical abuse crisis

Pope Benedict XVI and Nicolas Sarkozy outside the Élysée Palace in Paris in 2008 (Photo: PA)

Pope to meet Sarkozy in Italy

Pope Benedict to meet the French president amid tension over French deportation of Roma people

Boom time for Westminster seminaries

Boom time for Westminster seminaries

Despite a gloomy nation-wide picture, Westminster diocese has experienced an increase in vocations