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Number of Catholics in the world grows by 15m in a year

Bishops from Latin America attend a papal Mass in Sao Paolo. Half of the world's Catholics live in the Americas (Photo: CNS)

Number of Catholics, priests, bishops and deacons all increased in 2009, but number of female religious declined

Indian bishops protest against ‘whitewash’ of attacks on Christians

Catholics protest against the Karnataka state government in Bangalore in 2008 (Photo: CNS/Anto Akkara)

Archbishop of Bangalore says Christian victims have been turned into the perpetrators, while attackers have been absolved

Benedict XVI meets President Medvedev

Pope receives Russian president at the Vatican and exchanges gifts

Benedict XVI meets Russian president

Pope receives President Dmitry Medvedev at the Vatican

Pope dedicates general audience to St John of the Cross

Pope says St John of the Cross is a model of faithful perseverance on the road to spiritual maturity

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor visits India on Pope’s behalf

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor arrives in Ranchi to streets lined with welcomers. In the photograph he is with Cardinal Toppo of Ranchi (right) and the Apostolic Nuncio to India, Archbishop Salvatore Pinnacchio (Mazur/CCN)

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor arrives in Ranchi, east India, to streets lined with welcomers

Jubilation at new academy

Roisin Maguire, St Joseph’s headmistress, with David O’Neill, chairman of governors

St Joseph’s College in Trent Vale, Staffordshire, celebrates becoming an academy

Leading poet visits Oratory school Reading

Sir Andrew Motion is pictured with Year 7 St Philip House Boys in the Black Room at the Oratory School in Woodcote, Berkshire

Sir Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009, visits the Oratory School to run a workshop on creative writing

Children celebrate Candlemas

Pupils celebrate Candlemas, the presentation of Jesus at the Temple, on February 2

Pupils, parents and staff attend candlemas celebration at Stonyhurst College

Fr O’Leary takes over from Mgr Martin Hayes

Archbishop Vincent Nichols shares a glass with Fr John O’Leary, left, and Mgr Martin Hayes

Archbishop Nichols hosts reception for new and departing private secretaries