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Government opens inquiry into Liverpool Care Pathway

Norman Lamb, Lib Dem MP and care minister (Photo: PA)

Archbishop Smith had asked the Department of Health to launch an inquiry in September

Sydney bishop says at Oxford University: let’s not kill off elderly to cut costs

Bishop Fisher: 'Age must not be a criterion of health care distribution' (Photo: PA)

In a lecture Bishop Anthony Fisher says cost-cutting may lead to a compromise on basic moral principles

Lay people to preside at funerals in Liverpool

Archdiocese of Liverpool is first in England and Wales to commission lay ministers to celebrate funeral ceremonies

Nick Clegg tells archbishops: I did not use the word ‘bigot’

Nick Clegg wrote to Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, as well as Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Photo: PA)

The Deputy Prime Minister distances himself from remark in letter to Anglican and Catholic leaders

Marie Stopes makes new legal threat to pro-lifers

Pro-lifers pray outside an abortion clinic in Bedford Square, London (PA photo)

Lawyers acting for Marie Stopes threaten to report activists to the Advertising Standards Authority

Two women and a man enter a civil partnership in Brazil

Newlyweds pose for a photo (Photo: AP)

Sao Paulo notary said she could find no ‘legal impediment’ to the union

Priest who was top sportsman picked as Olympic chaplain

Fr Geoff Hilton (Photo: CNS/Simon Caldwell)

Priest who refereed at two rugby world cups is among official Olympic chaplains

Jimmy Cricket’s son to be ordained a deacon

Jimmy Cricket, left, in 2003 with the manager of Rochdale football club (Photo: PA)

Frankie Mulgrew, to be ordained a priest next year, will minister to athletes at the Olympics this summer

‘New law will compel churches to offer same-sex marriages’

Neil Addison, director of the Thomas More Legal Centre (Photo: Simon Caldwell)

Barrister Neil Addison says that David Cameron’s assurances to churches are worthless

NHS trust drops threat of dismissal against pro-life nurse

After taking legal advice, the NHS trust has now assigned the nurse to alternative duties (PA photo)

Catholic nurse threatened with sack for refusing to work on abortion ward wins case without going to court