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During general audience, Pope Benedict XVI explains the meaning of placing ashes on one’s forehead

Man vows to fast on beer during Lent

An American blogger has promised to follow the tradition of Bavarian monks who drank only strong beer during Lent

Priests will use ‘cheap but worthy’ interim Missals for three months after the new Order of Mass is introduced but before the full Missal is published

Christians from all over Pakistan attend funeral in Kushpur, Faisalabad, while prime minister calls assassinated minister ‘a very rare leader’

Bishops announce opposition to plans to abolish 50-50 Catholic-Protestant recruitment policy for Northern Ireland’s police force

Pope meets future priests of the Diocese of Rome

New Evangelisation will be the focus of the Synod of Bishops in October 2012

Bishop of Clifton says Pakistani minister’s courage and faith is an example for all

Mark Greaves talks to Matthew Fradd, the 28-year-old who conquered his porn addiction and is helping others to do the same

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – news, features, comment, letters and reviews – is not available online. This week barrister Neil Addison argues that Cameron is about to open a Pandora’s box on marriage; Vatican watcher Edward Pentin says Regensburg still haunts Catholic-Muslim relations; and Fr Andrew Burnham, former Anglican bishop and member of Britain’s ordinariate, starts a series of Lenten reflections. Meanwhile, the Herald’s Spiritual Life section gains two new features: Fr John Zuhlsdorf, the world’s leading priest-blogger, begins a column on the new Mass translation; and the team behind Magnificat offer reflections on daily Mass readings.