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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.

Representatives from churches in the Middle East attending the Synod have asked the international community to help Israel in achieving peace

Parishes throughout Britain should draw inspiration from the papal Mass at Westminster Cathedral, says Fr Anthony Symondson SJ

The first ever film about Blessed John Henry Newman stars F Murray Abraham and will be shot over the next few weeks

In the eighth century St Cuthbert (October 26) held a synod to improve the moral condition of the English Church

Daily readings: October 24 – 30

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Islam promotes respect for Christians and Jews, Muslim scholars tell Synod

Catholic group in the General Synod claims that traditionalists will secure new provisions