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Archbishop Peter Smith celebrates Chrism Mass at St George’s Cathedral last week  (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop Peter Smith celebrated the Mass last Wednesday

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark: 'No authority has the power to modify the fundamental nature of marriage' (Photo: Mazur)

Archbishop Smith says Church will oppose Government ‘in the strongest terms’ if it tries to make gay marriage legal

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool, where children will be confirmed before receiving first Holy Communion from 2012 (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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Tory MP Nadine Dorries says she feels let down by the churches in the campaign to reform the abortion law

Or would aggressive interventions in politics be counter-productive?

David Cameron alluded to his "Big Society" project in his farewell speech to the Pope in September (Photo: PA)

Their support for Coalition reform is brave and bold. But can it do any good?

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, and Auxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Extra funding will also be made available on a diocese by diocese basis, it was announced today

Hubert Richards communicated the mysteries of God

Memorial Mass for scholar

Archbishop Smith celebrates memorial Mass for well-known biblical scholar Hubert John Richards

(Photo: PA)

Meeting with elderly residents of St Peter’s Residence in Vauxhall, London, the Pope emphasised the ‘unique gift’ of life, ‘from conception to natural death’

Archbishop Peter Smith (Photo: Mazur/CCN)

Archbishop Smith: protesters cannot guarantee there will be no disruption

The meeting was held at New Scotland Yard and requested by police, according to Archbishop Smith (Photo: PA)

The archbishop and protesters had a ‘frank discussion’ about child abuse, homosexuality and the state funding of the visit