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Year for Priests has brought new radiance to priesthood, says Pope

Pope Benedict XVI: Year for Priests helped the Church to grow in gratitude for the gift of the priesthood
• Comment: The past year has lifted the morale of the priesthood
• In pictures: Archbishop Nichols solemnly closes the Year of Priests

A First Communion group at St Mary’s the Mount church, Walsall, West Midlands

Major McCrory is seen here receiving his Knighthood from Bishop Richard Moth of the Forces, supported by Army chaplains Fr Anthony Paris, left, and, on the right in combat kit, Fr Nick Gosnell

Pontiff preaches message of reconciliation as tensions in eastern Mediterranean escalate

A martyred Polish priest was praised for standing against the oppressive forces of Communism when he defended human rights in his sermons during a beatification Mass

David Cameron appoints former governor of Hong Kong to key role ahead of Pope’s visit

The murder of 12 people by a lone gunman in the Lake District was a ‘senseless act of evil,’ a Catholic bishop has said

Time to stop the Christian exodus from the Middle East, says Vatican

The plight of Christians in the Middle East is threatened by an “extremist current” of “political Islam” and is being ignored by the world, the Pope has said ahead of a new Vatican report

Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, pictured in Aix-en-Provence in 2007, was healed from Parkinson's thanks to the intercession of John Paul II (Photo: CNS)

Sister Marie Simon-Pierre was cured of aggressive Parkinson’s disease after her order prayed to John Paul II