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Iain Duncan Smith heads the think tank the Centre for Social Justice (PA)

This is not a good start to his cardinalatial ministry; he admits that he might benefit from a ministerial briefing on the complexities of government policy. He should ask for one

Pope Pius XII (CNS)

The NCR’s scepticism is shared by the author of Hitler’s Pope: shouldn’t that in itself give pause for thought?

Pope Pius XII makes a radio broadcast in 1947 (AP)

Rabbi Dalin thinks that Pope Pius should be declared Righteous among the Nations: it would only be common justice if he were

A Syrian man fixes a picture of Christ on the wall of his damaged house (CNS)

Predictions that after the end of the Cold War we would see a clash of civilisations between Islam and the West have been borne out by events

Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols (AP)

Some commentators even take it as meaning that Pope Francis would have been in favour of the Soho Masses

'It is, unfortunately, too late for the New Missal; it will be many years before we can think of replacing it with a new version' (PA)

There is now only one solution: permission must be given for the use of other authorised translations for the readings

Mother Winsome with Mgr Keith Newton on New Year's Day

This was a historic event not just for the Ordinariate but for the English Catholic Church as a whole: Catholics should give them financial help

Pope Francis (CNS)

Conservatives are suspicious of, liberals excited by, the consultation of the laity on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. But the teachings won’t change

'The Office for National Statistics is reviewing how it publishes its figures on marriage, civil partnership and divorce' (PA)

The ONS may even include civil partnerships: marriage statistics could provide figures only on “legally recognised partnerships”: its statistics will be meaningless

Mgr Keith Newton distributes Communion during the first public Ordinariate Use Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in October (Dylan Parry/ordinariate Flickr photostream)

Where Cranmer was deliberately ambiguous in his language, the CDW has removed his ambiguities: in this context, you might suppose he never apostasised