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Archbishop says Catholics in England and Wales are ‘privileged’ to be part of such a unique moment in Church history

Fr Marcus Stock, general secretary of the bishops’ conference, confirms ordinariate will be formally created this week

AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano

Pope visits children’s hospital

Pope Benedict XVI brings toys, books and sweets for children at Rome’s Gemelli hospital

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop of Birmingham joins heavyweight team of prelates including Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Ouellet and Cardinal Levada

Year 6 children from St Mary’s primary school in Congleton join in Marian prayer

Children at St Mary’s primary school at Congleton in Cheshire start year of prayer for Mary

Duncan Carter, soprano, is pictured with the St Ambrose school choir

Triumph for boy soprano

A chorister at St Ambrose College in Cheshire wins the Bishop’s Award from the Royal School of Church Music

Timothy West, left, is pictured with Fr Alan Robinson, new chaplain of CaApa

Leading actor speaks at dinner

Catholic Association of Performing Arts celebrates annual festive dinner with actor Timothy West CBE as guest of honour

Picture shows, left to right: James Channer (with his trophy), Digby Walker, Brigadier David Madden, Mr Matthew Torrens-Burton and Angus Duncan

Monitors raise cash for heroes

Digby Walker, head monitor of Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, has handed over a cheque for £4,257.12 for the Help the Heroes appeal

Fr Kevin Fox, left, is pictured with Andrew Kennedy and Roy Dorey

Heythrop honours friends

College awards fellowships to Rev Roy Dorey, a Baptist, and Fr Kevin Fox SJ

Christy O’Brien, 13, has won two national running medals

Catholic pupil is champion

Young Catholic runner from St Bede’s College in Manchester wins cross-country relay and road relay championships