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The Catholic cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand's second city (Photo: PA)

Pope urges prayers for victims of earthquake

Benedict XVI ‘asks God to relieve suffering’ in New Zealand after a massive earthquake kills at least 75 people, with 300 still missing

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark: 'No authority has the power to modify the fundamental nature of marriage' (Photo: Mazur)

Archbishop Smith says Church will oppose Government ‘in the strongest terms’ if it tries to make gay marriage legal

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, ordains a priest in Econe, Switzerland (Photo: CNS/Denis Balibouse, Reuters)

Bishop Fellay points to problems created by John Paul II beatification and interreligious gathering in Assisi

Bishops from Latin America attend a papal Mass in Sao Paolo. Half of the world's Catholics live in the Americas (Photo: CNS)

Number of Catholics, priests, bishops and deacons all increased in 2009, but number of female religious declined

Catholics protest against the Karnataka state government in Bangalore in 2008 (Photo: CNS/Anto Akkara)

Archbishop of Bangalore says Christian victims have been turned into the perpetrators, while attackers have been absolved

The body of Pope John Paul II lies in state in St Peter's Basilica as mourners pass by on April 4, 2005 (Photo: CNS/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

The Vatican issues a three-day timetable of events and emphasises that beatification Mass is free and not ticketed

Bishop Edward Slattery celebrates a solemn high Mass in the Extraordinary Form in Washington (Photo: CNS)

Petition appeals to Benedict XVI not to approve a document that reportedly restricts celebrations of the traditional Mass

Benedict XVI meets President Medvedev

Pope receives Russian president at the Vatican and exchanges gifts

Bishop Mark Davies has reminded worshippers that marriage is a part of the ‘plan written into our hearts by God’ (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Stable married couples are the hope of the Church and wider society, says Shrewsbury bishop

Michael Gove: 'Catholic schools must be allowed sufficient autonomy to integrate the Catholic faith into every aspect of school life' (Photo: PA)

Education Secretary says academy status offers Catholic schools the chance to ‘extend hard-won freedoms’