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Michael Gove's EBacc initiative has been widely criticised (PA photo)

Report by MPs points to damaging effect that EBacc will have on religious education

Archbishop Sambi: helped to organise John Paul II's historic pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2000 (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

Archbishop of New York says nuncio had the ‘highest respect and deepest affection’ of nation’s Catholics

Baroness Scotland chairs the safeguarding commission (Ian Nicholson/PA Wire)

Safeguarding commission attributes rise to papal visit, which encouraged people to come forward

Montfort Sister Jacqueline Jean McEwan visits B Shanti, left, and her mother Venkatalakshmi at their house near Bangalore (CNS photo)

‘Geordie Mother Teresa’ has worked with lepers in Bangalore for almost three decades

The Olympic Park in Stratford, east London (Photo: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire)

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held in a church in east London throughout the 2012 Games

Bishop Hollis had a CT scan last month

Bishop Crispian Hollis of Portsmouth has written to priests saying he is likely to undergo major surgery

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza leaves the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

Vatican recalls nuncio to Ireland

Nuncio has been recalled so the Vatican can better respond to Cloyne scandal, says Vatican spokesman

A man prays near to flowers and candles in tribute to victims of the attacks (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Oslo bishop says attacks have united the country and that people have found strength in spite of their grief

Cardinal Kazimierz Swiatek in an undated photo (CNS photo/Catholic Press Photos)

Benedict XVI praises Belarus cardinal for his ‘courageous witness to Christ’ and his role in the rebirth of his country

Prime Minister Enda Kenny (CNS photo/Reuters)

Enda Kenny launches extraordinary attack on the Vatican in parliament, saying its policy on abuse is ‘calculated’ and ‘withering’