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Pope Benedict XVI: Year for Priests helped the Church to grow in gratitude for the gift of the priesthood
• Comment: The past year has lifted the morale of the priesthood
• In pictures: Archbishop Nichols solemnly closes the Year of Priests

Daily Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

A small and corpulent preacher with an irresistible personality

A meditation on this Sunday’s readings: 2 Samuel 12:7-10; Galatians 2:16 & 19-21; Lk 7:36-8:3

A First Communion group at St Mary’s the Mount church, Walsall, West Midlands

Major McCrory is seen here receiving his Knighthood from Bishop Richard Moth of the Forces, supported by Army chaplains Fr Anthony Paris, left, and, on the right in combat kit, Fr Nick Gosnell

… it just extends the old one, says Patrick West, who looks at Christianity’s influence on the game ahead of the World Cup

Sister Janet Fearns surveys the history of the Sacred Heart

The new Archbishop of Southwark talks to Anna Arco about secularism, assisted suicide and returning to his home diocese

Pontiff preaches message of reconciliation as tensions in eastern Mediterranean escalate