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Pupil wins speaking award

Pupil at St Bede’s College wins Catenian speaking competition

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

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

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

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

Jubilation at new academy

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

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

Leading poet visits Oratory school Reading

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

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

Children celebrate Candlemas

Pupils, parents and staff attend candlemas celebration at Stonyhurst College