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Role of women is equally important to spiritual life of Church, Benedict XVI says

Scottish composer reveals ‘almighty row’ over his setting for the papal Masses in Glasgow and Birmingham

Theologian says Benedict XVI vindicated the English martyr

Benedict XVI unveils theme of 2012 Synod

Cardinal-designate De Paolis says that the Legion has survived the Fr Maciel crisis with its vitality intact

Film depicts murder of seven monks in Algeria in 1996

Vietnamese Cardinal Van Thuan spent 13 years in jail under Communists

But head of CES warns that free schools and new academy schools will only be able to select half of their pupils on the basis of faith

Bishops criticise Government proposals to ‘hard-wire’ abortion and contraceptive services into overseas development programmes

Print edition 22.10.10

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, Scott P Richert urges readers not to accept the myth that Halloween is a pagan festival; Mark Greaves interviews a Sudanese bishop who believes civil war may erupt in his country; Sister Janet Fearns salutes a medical missionary who has worked in east Africa for 40 years; and Fr Anthony Symondson hails a brilliant book on Nicolaus Pevsner, an architectural historian “with the spirit of an ant”. Plus, Stuart Reid ponders Disneyland – the world’s number one pilgrimage destination.