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The World Youth Day Facebook page (Photo: CNS)

Pope endorses online social networking

Networks such as Facebook are tools for preaching the Gospel, Pope Benedict XVI says in message for World Communications Day

Baroness Ashton, EU foreign policy chief (Photo: PA)

Catherine Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, says Europe won’t ‘turn a blind eye’ to plight of Middle East Christians

Vatican officials and Muslim scholars at a three-day forum in Rome (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)

Boycott by scholars in Egypt comes after Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks about anti-Christian violence

Abortion doctor charged over eight deaths

A doctor in Philadelphia is charged with murdering seven newborn babies and a female patient

Bishop Kussala wants the international community to put pressure on the region's governments to open talks

Bishop Kussala says military action over several years has failed to stop killing sprees and abductions

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves his weekly general audience (Photo: CNS)

Ecumenical movement has led to ‘a sense of brotherhood’ among Christians, Benedict XVI says at general audience

Fr Lombardi: the Vatican does not have a 'universal position on mandatory reporting' because laws are so different from country to country (Photo: CNS)

Fr Lombardi responds to furore over 1997 Vatican letter expressing concerns over ‘mandatory reporting’ of abuse cases

Bishop Arthur Roche of Leeds, chairman of ICEL, oversaw the drafting of the new translation (Photo: CNS)

Bishops’ conference of England and Wales announces timetable for introducing new Mass translation into parishes

The Vatican issues decree of erection for the personal ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Michael Gove speaks to teaching staff at Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy in Bromley, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Catholic Education Service urges Government to consider voluntary-aided academies part-funded by Catholics