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

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

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

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

Triumph for boy soprano

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

Leading actor speaks at dinner

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

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

Heythrop honours friends

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

Catholic pupil is champion

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

School designs house tweed jacket

Two students design a tweed jacket for St Margaret’s House, one of three girls’ houses at Ampleforth College