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Pope Benedict says his schedule of meetings and trips 'really overtaxes an 83-year-old man' (Photo: CNS)

In a wide-ranging and candid interview the Pope describes crisis as ‘a tremendous cloud of filth which darkens everything’

A cropped version of the new painting by Peter Howson

Archbishop Conti describes Peter Howson’s portrait of St John Ogilvie as ‘powerful and prayerful’

Wounded Iraqi Christians arrive at Orly airport, near Paris (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

Bishops of England and Wales appeal to the Government to review its treatment of Iraqi asylum seekers

Students and teachers protest against university funding cuts (Photo: PA)

Bishops express concerns after their autumn plenary meeting

Students and teachers gather in central London to protest against university funding cuts (Steve Parsons/PA)

Bishops concerned by ‘utilitarian approach’ to university funding

Pope Benedict XVI greets David Cameron at the end of his visit to Britain (Photo: PA)

Bishops’ message echoes Cameron’s call for a big society

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, and Auxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Extra funding will also be made available on a diocese by diocese basis, it was announced today

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Fr Marcus Stock, general secretary of the bishops' conference (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Anglican clergy and laity who want to join the Ordinariate will be received into the Catholic Church during Holy Week

From left: Fr Marcus Stock, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, and Auxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Read the full text of the bishops’ statement on Anglicanorum coetibus

Pope Benedict XVI greets crowds outside Westminster Cathedral (Photo: PA)

Bishops of England and Wales say the papal visit gave them confidence and strengthened their identity as Catholics