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Catholic Care has lost its legal battle to retain its charitable status while restricting its services to heterosexual couples only.

Full text of synod message

Here we publish the message of the synod of bishops, approved today

Bishop Kieran Conry © Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Bishop Kieran Conry has said that demands for gay marriage are not necessarily representative of the desires of the gay community

Archbishop Bernard Longley, Bishop Michael Campbell and Bishop Kieran Conry at the English College in Rome (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Full text of Archbishop Bernard Longley’s address to the synod in Rome

Members of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart pray in their motherhouse chapel in Fushun, China (Photo: CNS)

Eighty priests and 80 nuns are taught about duty to China and the socialist value system

Benedict XVI waves outside the Sanctuary of the Holy House in Loreto (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI follows in footsteps of John XXIII 50 years ago by visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto

Copies of Benedict XVI's second volume on display at a bookshop in Rome (CNS)

Third volume of Jesus of Nazareth to be published simultaneously in the world’s major languages

A police official and a Christian volunteer escort Rimsha to a helicopter (Photo: AP)

Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy was whisked away by helicopter for her own safety

Bishop Robert Finn appears in court (AP)

Bishop Robert Finn issues apology following the verdict

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leads the Angelus (Photo: CNS)

Benedict XVI says Mary did not go off to an ‘unknown galaxy’, but is close to each one of us