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Eamon Gilmore, right, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Photo: PA)

Ireland to close embassy to Holy See

Ireland’s foreign minister says closure is for economic reasons and is not related to the Cloyne report row

Benedict XVI blesses a woman at his weekly general audience (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI also talks about death and eternal life at weekly general audience

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the SSPX, ordains a priest in Econe, Switzerland (Photo: CNS)

Newsletter from district superior of Britain says Vatican doctrinal preamble has been deemed ‘completely unacceptable’

A Knights of Columbus honour guard processes with a reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St John Vianney (Photo: CNS)

The heart of the patron saint of priests, St John Vianney, will be venerated in the Diocese of Shrewsbury next summer

The Imperial State Crown, worn by the Queen during the state opening of Parliament (Photo: Mike Moore)

The 300-year-old Act of Settlement is to be reformed following the unanimous agreement of 16 Commonwealth nations

Cardinal Turkson presents the document (Photo: CNS)

Vatican department says only a global government can rein in the ‘equalities and distortions of capitalist development’

Religious leaders gathered at the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Benedict XVI tells 300 religious leaders that believers must ‘purify their faith’ to help peace

Benedict XVI greets the crowd in the Paul VI audience hall (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Benedict XVI says he hopes the meeting will promote dialogue in a world ‘still torn by hatred’

Gaddafi ruled Libya for 40 years (Photo: PA)

Vatican expresses hope that new Libyan government begins new era based on justice and a ‘spirit of inclusion’

Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Roche and Pierpaolo Finaldi (Photo courtesy of Mr Finaldi)

The Bishop of Leeds told Pope Benedict XVI that the new translation had gone down well in parishes