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I am pretty sure that a wedding without any civil registration is illegal from the point of view of canon law

Benedict XVI at yesterday's Regina Caeli (AP)

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A couple renew their wedding vows at an anniversary Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Nebraska (CNS photo)

Research suggests an awareness of death can reduce divorce rates. I can well believe it

(PA photo)

We need to be able to demonstrate what we claim. Otherwise we’ll just be ignored

The fifth-century mausoleum of Galla Placidia is decorated with mosaics of Christ the Good Shepherd and eagles symbolising St John the Evangelist

If only David Cameron could enthuse about St Edward the Confessor, say, or St Bernadette of Lourdes

Participants at an Invocation weekend at St Mary's College, Oscott (Photo: Mazur/

Let’s hope they put an end to Shine Jesus Shine and X Factor-style retreats

Bishop Ali has defended our right to wear the Cross  AP Photo/Jay LaPrete

Perhaps it is time we followed the example of Bishop Nazir Ali and Cardinal O’Brien

Cardinal O'Brien with Alex Salmond, Scotland's First Minister (PA photo)

Madagascar’s problems would not be solved by handing out condoms

Despite tremendous hardship, the Bavaria in which the Ratzingers were raised was a happy place