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Archbishop Nichols speaks during today's ordination Mass at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The Archbishop of Westminster preached at the ordination of three former Anglican bishops who have become the members of the world’s first ordinariate

Priests pray in front of the slogan: 'We thank you for freedom at St Anne's church in Warsaw, Poland (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

US author George Weigel says the late pope faced a full-scale war launched by Communism against the Catholic Church

Decree praises late pope’s steadfast faith

Blessed John Paul II will be canonised on April 27 (CNS)

Congregation for the Causes of Saints today published the decree announcing John Paul II’s beatification

Keith Newton makes his promise of obedience  Photograph: James Bradley

Bishop Alan Hopes ordained three former Anglican bishops to the diaconate yesterday during a historic Mass

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, blesses flock after ordaining priests in Econe, Switzerland (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Fellay says he is ‘deeply indignant’ at Pope’s invitation to world religious leaders to join him at Assisi

Egypt's ambassador Lamia Aly Hamada Mekhemar presents her credentials to the Pope in 2008 (Photo: CNS)

Vatican foreign minister met the ambassador yesterday hours after she was called back to Cairo

A southern Sudanese woman shows her inked finger and registration card after voting in Khartoum (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Napier says euphoria of Sudan referendum reminds him of the end of apartheid in South Africa

Fr Marcus Stock, general secretary of the bishops conference, left, pictured during the bishops’ ad limina visit last year    Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk

A mother church and unique prayer books will accompany the structure set up this week

Archbishop says Catholics in England and Wales are ‘privileged’ to be part of such a unique moment in Church history