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Shahbaz Bhatti pictured in Washington DC in 2009 (Photo: CNS)

Shahbaz Bhatti, the first Christian to hold a cabinet post in Pakistan, vows to continue opposing blasphemy law despite threats

Cardinal O'Malley is one of several senior prelates leading an apostolic visitation of the Irish Church (Photo: CNS)

Irish priest claims Cardinal O’Malley will tell Benedict XVI that Ireland’s Church has ‘a decade at most’ to save itself

Egyptians celebrate the resignation of Mubarak in Tahrir Square (Photo: PA)

Two priests say they fear that young Egyptian Catholics will turn away from the Church because it did not back the protests

Anthony Hopkins stars as an exorcist in the forthcoming film The Rite (CNS photo/Warner Bros.)

The star of The Rite tells the Catholic Herald that being an atheist must be like living ‘in a closed cell with no windows’

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Deacons being ordained at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Document issued by Bishop Michael Campbell says deacon is priest’s ‘closest collaborator’

Benedict XVI waves as he leaves Oscott College in Birmingham (Photo: PA)

Bishop of Arundel and Brighton says Catholics are still talking about the papal visit and ‘the outpouring of grace that was witnessed’

Vatican spokesman says reports of ‘Confession via iPhone’ have been misleading

The inauguration of the Church of England General Synod last month (Photo: PA wire)

Bishop Stack tells Church of England Synod that Anglicans aren’t alone in needing to reflect further on Mary

The new translation of the Roman Missal as presented to Pope Benedict XVI (Photo: CNS)

Secretary of liturgy committee says new text won’t provoke the same negative reactions in Britain as in Ireland and America