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Iain Duncan Smith heads the think tank the Centre for Social Justice (PA)

This is not a good start to his cardinalatial ministry; he admits that he might benefit from a ministerial briefing on the complexities of government policy. He should ask for one

Pope Francis (CNS)

Standing up for Catholic beliefs in the public arena is a tough but vital task

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

Archbishop of Westminster calls rising poverty in affluent Britain ‘a disgrace’

Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols (AP)

Cardinal-designate Nichols urges prayers ‘even [from] those who do not normally raise their hearts to God’

Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols (AP)

Some commentators even take it as meaning that Pope Francis would have been in favour of the Soho Masses

John Kerry is the first Catholic US Secretary of State since Edmund Muskie (AP)

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Mazur)

Francis makes announcement during Angelus address

Archbishop Vincent 
Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

‘It is a privilege to assist in the important task of appointing bishops,’ said the Archbishop of Westminster

Pope Francis is pictured at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Francis tries to keep warm at the general audience this morning (AP)

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