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New Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham Fr Robert Byrne (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Is Fr Robert Byrne’s appointment a sign of things to come? How many more orthodox bishops can we now expect?

Francis walks to Santa Sabina in Rome on Ash Wednesday (CNS)

The trouble with using the Church as a scapegoat is that it allows society to avoid facing its own more serious sex abuse crisis

Campaigners dressed as a cows protest against the Common Agricultural Policy (AP)

Episcopal attacks on politicians are just too easy; politicians are always unpopular. But the Government isn’t always to blame for much of for the real hardship

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