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Ann Widdecombe onstage at the 2011 National Television Awards (Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images)

Former government minister and star of Strictly Come Dancing has been named envoy of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need

A British rescue team begin their search for trapped people as snow falls in Kamaishi, Japan (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Japanese bishops announce the establishment of an emergency centre to co-ordinate humanitarian aid

Mgr Michael Schmitz carries a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament during a procession to conclude Forty Hours devotion at the Shrine of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

Bishop enters ‘exploratory negotiations’ with the Institute of Christ the King over future of huge church closed almost three years ago

Protesters hold up a picture of Mumtaz Qadri, suspected murderer of Salmaan Taseer, at a rally against reforming the blasphemy laws (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

Prison authorities claim Qamar David died of a heart attack but his family have disputed this, saying he was fit and healthy

Fr Keith Newton, who leads the ordinariate, at Westminster Cathedral during the Rite of Election (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Over 4,700 took part in Rite of Election ceremonies in dioceses around England and Wales, including about 800 members of the ordinariate

A Japan civil defence officer holds a four-month-old girl who was rescued along with her family from their home in Ishimaki, northern Japan (CNS photo/Yomiuri Shimbun/Reuters)

Pope Benedict XVI said after his Angelus yesterday that images of the earthquake and tsunami have ‘left us all horrified’

Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson showed the new sign to Bishop Hollis on Sunday

Portsmouth City Council re-names road ‘Bishop Crispian Way’ in honour of Bishop Hollis, who is nearing retirement after 22 years

A tsunami hits the coastal area of Iwanuma in northeastern Japan (CNS photo/Reuters/Kyodo)

Bishops’ conference officials sleep overnight in offices amid aftershocks and ‘terrible’ tsunamis

The three first priests of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham are ordained in Westminster Cathedral in January PA

On Ash Wednesday Anglican clergy officially ceased ministry and began preparing for reception and ordination into the Church. Here are the numbers

Fr Joseph Fessio, editor of Ignatius Press, poses with a copy of the book. In Britain it is published by the Catholic Truth Society (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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