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Bishop Malcolm McMahon, chairman of the Catholic Education Service (Photo: Mazur)

The Catholic Education Service says it will make sure Catholic schools can become academies if they and their bishops want to

Painting of Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey displayed in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City, Missouri (CNS photo/John Caulfield)

Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey found and rebuilt the house where Mary is believed to have lived in Turkey

Women cheer at Pope Benedict XVI's weekly general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI says the French national heroine offers ‘a beautiful example of holiness’ for people in public life

Clergyman lights candles at the site of the blast in Domodedovo airport near Moscow (Photo: AP/Sergey Ponomarev)

Benedict XVI condemns Moscow bombing

Pope expresses ‘deep pain’ at suicide bombing that killed 35 people

Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral (Mazur/CCN)

Archbishop Kelly of Liverpool has reversed the usual order of sacraments in his diocese

Pope Benedict XVI pictured during a meeting with members of the Roman Rota (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict says that too often couples see marriage preparation as a bureaucratic obstacle

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