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Dame Judi Dench with Philomena Lee (PA)

Steve Coogan has said that although he is lapsed, the saying ‘once a Catholic always a Catholic’ holds some truth

Young children beg for food in the Philippines after last month's devastating super typhoon (CNS)

Getting food to displaced residents a primary concern for aid agencies

Bishop Mark Davies (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishop Mark Davies’ appeal comes as The Year of Faith draws to a close

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst  (PA)

Hamburg prosecutors had charged him with lying in a case involving Der Spiegel magazine

Pope Francis at a Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Pontiff denounces a cultural tendency ‘to discard’ the elderly

Pope Francis with Vinicio Riva

Vinicio Riva says he felt like he was in ‘paradise’ when the Pope embraced him

Benedict XVI greets Britain's Baroness Sayeeda Warsi at the Vatican in February 2012 (CNS)

Lady Warsi will discuss ‘Freedom of Religion in the Public and Private Sphere’

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby (PA)

Chemin Neuf to take up residence in the palace from January

The cardinal has warned of a return to Ostpolitik

The Holy See has to choose between being clear or accepting compromise

Pope Francis embraces Bishop Fernando Vergez during his episcopal ordination (CNS)

Pope Francis ordains Legionaries of Christ Bishop Fernando Vergez