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Miner Osman Araya hugs his wife after being hoisted to the surface in Copiapo, Chile (CNS photo/Hugo Infante-Government of Chile via Reuters)

Round-the-clock vigils and Masses for the miners are held around the country as the men are pulled out of the mine one by one

Ushaw College

Ushaw College may close next spring

Trustees announce proposal to close 400-year-old seminary in June due to low student numbers and rising costs

Children dressed as saints in a costume workshop in Kansas (Photo: CNS)

Pumpkins should have smiley expressions and have crosses cut into the foreheads, according to a campaign endorsed by bishops

Pope Benedict leaves a prayer service at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, where he announced the new Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI says new pontifical council aimed at re-evangelising the west will help ‘remake the Christian fabric of society’

Church leaders follow prayer books at the opening session of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East (Photo: CNS)

Opening Synod statement said some countries in the Middle East limit freedom of religion and violate freedom of conscience

Pope Benedict XVI spoke at the opening session of the Middle East Synod (Photo: CNS)

At opening of Middle East Synod Pope Benedict warns of ‘false gods’ that beset the modern world, including terrorism and drug abuse

A pilgrim prays at the tomb of Blessed Mary MacKillop in Sydney (Photo: CNS)

Sisters of St Joseph, the order co-founded by Blessed Mary MacKillop, respond to claims made in controversial documentary

The poll coincides with a report on human happiness issued by Cafod, Tearfund and the thinktank Theos

The claim, by Bavarian author Peter Seewald, is based on a series of interviews with the Pontiff earlier this year

Journalists listen to an address at the World Press Congress in Rome earlier this week (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Benedict XVI tells media gathered at a conference in Rome to seek the truth every day