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Christians ask PM to protect Pakistani minorities

Neville Kyrke-Smith and Wilson Chowdhry hand in the petitions at 10 Downing Street (Photo: John Newton)

Petition of more than 6,000 people handed in to 10 Downing Street by delegation including Aid to the Church in Need

Italians gather to honour Madonna del Rosario

Thousands of Catholic process through Manchester city centre in the sweltering heat             (Photo: Anthony Keegan)

More than 1,500 Catholics take part in the annual Madonna del Rosario procession in Manchester

Vaughan students learn devotion to Our Lady

Cardinal Vaughan students with Fr John Edwards at Farm Street (Photo: Patrick Fleischer)

Ninety boys from Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School attend retreats with Fr John Edwards

Paxman visits the homeless

Patron Jeremy Paxman with staff and homeless residents at Anchor House

Newsnight presenter visits Anchor House in east London and hears stories of homelessness from its residents

Students sleep in the slums

Anna and Iris in their ‘slum’   (Photo: Erica Penman)

About 70 young people from St Dominic’s Sixth Form College in Harrow, north-west London, build shacks as part of Fair World Week

Eco-friendly Hampshire church harvests rainwater

The new church of the Sacred heart of Jesus and St Peter the Apostle in Waterlooville, Hampshire, has an eco-friendly rainwater-harvesting system and solar panels which earn money from surplus power    (Photo: Barry Hudd)

New church in Waterlooville features a rainwater-harvesting system and solar panels

Sudan prepares for birth of nation

A girl sings the South Sudan national anthem during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba (CNS photo/Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)

Sudanese hold prayer vigils and build bonfires tonight to prepare for independence of South Sudan tomorrow

Pope arrives at Castel Gandolfo to begin his summer holidays

Benedict XVI arrived at Castel Gandolfo from Rome via helicopter. The Pope will be staying here for about three months, and plans to finish the third part of his book Jesus of Nazareth

Lives remembered: Fra’ Fredrik Crichton-Stuart

Fra’ Fredrik Crichton-Stuart

Fra’ Fredrik Crichton-Stuart was born on September 6 1920. He died on June 14 2011 aged 70

Church is packed for ordination

Fr Michael Kane with Fr Dominic Towey                                    Photo: Frances Cassidy

About 950 parishioners, family and guests witness Michael Kane’s priestly ordination at St John the Baptist church in Uddingston, South Lanarkshire