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A reliquary at Blessed Pope John Paul II's beatification ceremony in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Piece of cassock soaked in a vial of the late pope’s blood is being flown from Ireland today

A poster outside a Catholic church in Maryland (Photo: CNS)

Six states have already legalised same-sex marriage, while 30 states have passed laws prohibiting it

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims at his weekly general audience today (Photo: AP)

Instead the Pope is giving £600,000 in aid and sending a cardinal to visit refugees in Lebanon

Barack Obama waves to supporters at his election night party (Photo: PA)

Pontiff congratulates US president on his re-election in a telegram that has not fully been made public

Childhood and Family Life

Catholic Care has lost its legal battle to retain its charitable status while restricting its services to heterosexual couples only.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II receives the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Faustino

The former Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain has died.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd after leading the Angelus prayer on the Feast of All Saints (Photo: CNS)

The Pope has urged Catholics to deepen their belief in eternal life on the Feast of All Saints.

An expectant mother sits outside a Catholic migrant centre in Mexico City (CNS)

Benedict XVI issues appeal in message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Bishops and cardinals are assembled at the synod's opening Mass (Photo: CNS)

Message says Church will be renewed despite weakness of its disciples

Full text of synod message

Here we publish the message of the synod of bishops, approved today