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Independence day celebrations in Juba (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters)

But the country’s bishops say there are ‘immense challenges’ ahead

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd after his arrival (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI tells crowd: ‘One can find everything here – the mountains, the lake, the sea, a beautiful church and good people’

A girl sings the South Sudan national anthem during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba (CNS photo/Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)

Sudanese hold prayer vigils and build bonfires tonight to prepare for independence of South Sudan tomorrow

Fr Corapi is a former presenter for the Eternal Word Television Network

Spokesman for the order says celebrity priest Fr John Corapi is not ‘fit for ministry’

Priests of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (Photo: Mazur)

An Anglo-Catholic charity has given £1 million to Britain’s Personal Ordinariate – enough to keep it afloat for a year

Somali women displaced by severe drought queue for food handouts (CNS photo)

In an address to a UN conference Pope Benedict XVI calls for international efforts to promote the family farm

Pope Benedict XVI arrives for pallium Mass at St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI marks 60 years as a priest

Pope reflects on demanding and ‘awe-inspiring’ ministry while celebrating Mass with 40 archbishops

Lord Lexden brought up the dispute over Cardinal Vaughan in the House of Lords (PA wire/Leon Neal)

Government will seek to tighten regulations on school governors to ensure that parents are represented

The Pope leads Benediction of the Eucharist outside the Basilica of St Mary Major last Thursday (CNS photo)

Benedict XVI tells pilgrims on the feast of Corpus Christi that the Eucharist is an antidote to modern individualism

Archbishop Nichols views relics on show at the British Museum (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Treasures of Heaven opens today at the British Museum