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Richard Ingrams: 'I do see the need for a hierarchy... It reminds me of politics a lot'

Co-founder of Private Eye and editor of the Oldie talks to the Herald about bishops, funerals and praying for the dead

Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, Dr Rowan Williams and Maria Voce

Focolare holds unity gathering

More than 30 bishops from different Christian traditions attend gathering at Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire

Grandparents come from near and far to gather at Knock to pray for their vocation  (Photo: Liamy McNally)

Grandparents make annual pilgrimage to Knock

Homilist Fr Benny MacHale spoke of the ‘special bond’ between children and their grandparents

Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall children in Victorian dress at the Bolton Steam Museum                 Photo: Dawn Johnson

Pupils at Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall go to Bolton Steam Museum dressed in Victorian-style clothes

Pupils Bailey Darbyshire, Ali Ali and Emily Harries in the lab       Photo: Kathryn Carr

School unveils new labs

Science labs built as part of an £11.2m renovation open at Barlow RC High School in Didsbury, Manchester

The Church of Our Lady of the English Martyrs, Cambridge, welcomed BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Worship programme on Sunday, September 4 to broadcast the new Mass translation to the nation (Photo: Adrian Koe)

Cambridge church hosts BBC’s Sunday Worship

The Church of Our Lady of the English Martyrs broadcast the new Mass translation to the nation on BBC Radio 4

Carole Philpot and Brian Cullen get the publicity banner ready for sacred symbols (Photo: Brian Cullen)

Papal chalice goes on display during festival

St David’s church in Mold puts chalice on display presented to the people of Wales by Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI meets the bishops at Oscott College on September 19 2010 (Anthony Devlin/PA Wire)

Bishops urge the faithful to be ‘confidently Catholic’

Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales gather around Pope Benedict XVI on the last day of his state visit last September (Matt Cardy/PA Wire)

Bishops urge British Catholics to be confident, faithful and courageous

Benedict XVI greets David Cameron at the end of last year's papal visit to Britain (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver)

Prime Minister marks first anniversary of papal visit to Britain