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

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

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

Newlyweds pose for a photo (Photo: AP)

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

Fr Geoff Hilton (Photo: CNS/Simon Caldwell)

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

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

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

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

University College London (PA photo)

Student union at UCL backs down on the advice of lawyers

The Council of Europe, which has ruled that euthanasia must always remain illegal Photo: Fourmy Mario/ABACA/Press Association Images

Strasbourg-based organisation announces that assisted suicide “must always be prohibited”