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Benedict XVI ventures into the world of social media with a papal tweet (Photo: CNS)

In World Communications Day message Benedict XVI emphasises the value of ‘reasoned debate’

London's Docklands financial district (Photo: PA)

English bishops back call by lobby group for ‘unjust debts’ to be cancelled

Fr Tony Flannery at the press conference he called on Sunday (Photo: PA)

Order’s superior general confirmed Fr Flannery was under investigation for his views on ‘fundamental’ Catholic doctrine

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St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society ruling could have implications for same-sex marriage

Benedict XVI accepts a gift of an ivory crucifix from Benin's President Thomas Yayi Boni, who said it was obtained legally (Photo: CNS)

Fr Lombardi says Vatican Radio will engage in fight against poaching

Vietnam's ruling Communist Party held a congress in Hanoi last year in which Nguyen Phu Trong was elected leader (Photo: PA)

Meeting comes as restrictions on Catholics in some parts of Vietnam are being eased

Bishop Hlib Borys Sviatoslav Lonchyna (CNS)

Pope Benedict has raised the Ukranian Apostolic Exarchate to the new rank of Eparchy

French troops stand guard about 40 km outside Segou (Photo: PA)

Bishop Traore, whose diocese is on the frontline of the conflict, says people are too scared to enter churches

The Government recorded that 582 abortions were performed on unborn babies with Down's Syndrome in 2010 (Photo: PA)

Hundreds more children with Down’s Syndrome may be being aborted each year than figures show

Archbishop Smith has urged priests to do all they can to oppose the marriage Bill (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

In accompanying letter Archbishop Smith urges priests to ‘do all you can’ to oppose Bill