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Pope Benedict XVI encourages faithful to participate in prayer vigils on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent

Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk

Family and friends of those who died in Baghdad’s church attack gather for memorial Mass in west London

A Mass at Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad a week after the massacre (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Cardinal George: America has a moral obligation not to abandon Iraqis after invading the country in 2003

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, one of the four Visitators (Mazur/CCN)

Apostolic Visitation to Ireland begins

Visitators will not grant interviews about the process until next Easter, according to the Vatican

A statue of the Virgin Mary which allegedly weeps miraculous tears of oil has been moved from a house to a nearby church because of stream of pilgrims

Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz is likely to retire before the end of the year after suffering a stroke in May

Diocese of Middlesbrough must appeal directly to the Supreme Court or else settle what is thought to be the biggest abuse claim in English history

A woman studies the Bible at St Mary of Celle parish in Berwyn, Illinois (Photo: CNS)

The Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini urges Catholics to become more familiar with the Bible

A pilgrim ascends Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo (Photo: PA)

Irishman avoids prison by making pilgrimage

Man convicted of drunken behaviour and verbally abusing a police officer climbed Ireland’s holiest mountain instead of going to prison

Pope Benedict XVI greets young people gathered outside Westminster Cathedral (Photo: PA)

DVD issued by the bishops’ conference will include footage of all Pope Benedict’s speeches