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Bishop Pates, right (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Pates says release of report about CIA torture can help close ‘shameful chapter’

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh present Pope Francis with a hamper of gifts Below: The Queen with the Pope (CNS) and video via RomeReports

Queen Elizabeth presents Pope with whisky and venison

Sacred Heart school is currently overseen by the Catholic diocese of Salford

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Blackburn is becoming an Anglican academy

'Still today there are people who kill, who persecute in the name of God' (Photo: PA)

Pope offers prayers for Rwanda

Francis has addressed Rwandan bishops on the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide

Daily Readings: April 6 – 12

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Fifth Sunday of the Year, Ez 37:12-14; Ps 130; Rm 8:8-11; Jn 11:1-45 (Year A)

A detail from the Murder of St Stanislaus by the Polish painter Jan Matejko

The saint who was accused of treason

St Stanislaus of Szczepanów (April 11) was one of the earliest native Polish bishops


Print edition 4/4/2014

This week Kenny Thomas, the 1990s pop star tells us which music station he thinks is playing in hell, we report on the appointment of Mgr Nicholas Hudson as the new Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster and the ‘Bishop of Bling’s’ expenses list, including a £31,000 bathtub. The Archbishop-elect of Liverpool speaks out for the invisible […]

Russell Crowe as Noah and Jennifer Connelly as his wife Naamah in Noah. The film makes use of rock giants and tree-growing gizmos to add a touch of Tolkien to the Bible story (CNS)

Not since the 1950s has there been anything quite so ambitious as this eye-boggling attempt to re-create one of the greatest stories ever told

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's audience with the Pope will take place in the pontiff’s study  (PA)

Visit will be the fifth time the Queen has been received by a pope in Rome