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Ann Widdecombe to champion rights of persecuted Christians

Ann Widdecombe onstage at the 2011 National Television Awards (Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Former government minister and star of Strictly Come Dancing has been named envoy of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need

Japan Caritas director: ‘Now we roll up our sleeves’

A British rescue team begin their search for trapped people as snow falls in Kamaishi, Japan (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Japanese bishops announce the establishment of an emergency centre to co-ordinate humanitarian aid

Archbishop Nichols welcomes the Torch of St Benedict

On Thursday March 3 at 10.30am Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster to mark the presence of the Torch of St Benedict in London. The archbishop is pictured at Westminster Cathedral with the Abbot of Monte Cassino, Pietro Vittorelli, and Archbishop Renato Boccardo of Spoleto-Norcia. Also present were the abbots of Benedictine monasteries in Britain and a delegation of monks from the Abbey of Monte Cassino

Archbishop Nichols celebrates Mass at Westminster Cathedral to mark the arrival of the Torch of St Benedict

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho visits Catholic school

Prince Seeiso of Lesotho is pictured with a pupil at St Columba’s school (Photograph: Mark Green/Greenimages)

Prince visited St Columba’s College in St Albans, Hertfordshire

Catholic filmmaker enjoys West End premiere

Rawiri Paratere, right, and Sara Wiseman in a scene from The Insatiable Moon

The Insatiable Moon, a low-budget Kiwi film written and produced by a Catholic writer, opens at Leicester Square

Essex school introduces new ‘buddy’ system

New Hall School sixth-formers are shown practising the buddy system as they teach reading to junior girls

New Hall school introduces new ‘buddy’ scheme in which the oldest students work alongside the youngest

St Benedict’s pupils celebrate World Book Day

A contented pupil reads a favourite book in honour of World Book Day

World Book Day celebrated with a ‘read-in’ at St Benedict’s junior school in west London

Catholic prep school boys compete in rugby sevens

St Gerard’s Bray from Ireland, winners of the main competition final

The Oratory School near Woodcote, Berkshire, hosts Rugby Sevens weekend with 13 teams from across the country

Veteran teacher gains prize

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Mark Hackett, Mary Walsh and Kevin Fitzpatrick

An 86-year-old Irish dancing teacher receives award at the 2011 Manchester Irish Festival

Pippa achieves highest result in Maths

Pippa O’Riley, a Year 9 pupil at New Hall School, Essex, has achieved the highest result in the school in the UK Mathematics Trust Intermediate Maths Challenge and secured both a gold award and a place in the Olympiad competition

Pippa O’Riley, pupil at New Hall school in Chelmsford, Essex, wins Maths gold medal