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Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has been given one of the most important posts in the Catholic Church                                                       (Photo: CNS)

Canadian cardinal and Swiss bishop named as leaders of important curial departments

Pope may have saved thousands of Jewish lives by secretly securing visas so they could escape the Third Reich, a German historian claims

Salford diocese launches iPhone app

The Diocese of Salford has launched an iPhone app updated daily with Mass readings, a thought for the day and a saint of the day

Pope Benedict XVI passes before the remains of Pope Celestine V after a Mass in Sulmona, Italy                    (AP Photo)

Pontiff marks 800th birthday of 13th-century hermit Pope Celestine V
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Bishop Conry had a private meeting with the Pope in January (Photograph: Servizio Fotographico de l’OR)

Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton says the Church should rethink the way it presents itself

Lord Patten is overseeing preparations for the state aspects of the Pope's visit (Mazur/www.thepapalvisit.org.uk)

Papal visit ‘will put an end to any Catholic feeling like a second-class citizen’

David Cameron has abandoned plans to reform the laws of succession. Critics of reform say it would lead to the disestablishment of the Church of England and undermine the monarchy (PA photo)

Ancient law that forbids Catholics or anyone married to a Catholic from becoming monarch will not be challenged by the Government

Pope deplores police raid on Belgian Church

Police opened tombs, searched the home of a retired cardinal and detained bishops for nine hours

Organisers of the papal visit have announced a new venue for John Henry Newman’s beatification, almost halving the number of people able to attend

Eighty-four Catholic schools have expressed an interest in becoming academies this September