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Bishops applaud Alpha

Archbishop Nichols is pictured with an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist at a Mass attended by international supporters of the Alpha teaching course

Religion is a far better provider of happiness than a hugely overgrown state, says Philip Booth

Catholic leader urges banks to learn from their mistakes as Chancellor unveils tough budget

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster celebrated Mass for the close of the Year for Priests and the Feast of the Sacred Heart at Westminster Cathedral on Friday, June 11

Bishops have promised to operate within the original £7million budget planned for the papal visit, despite reports of soaring costs

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

The archbishops of both Westminster and Birmingham used the occasion of their homilies on the Feast of St Philip Neri, Wednesday May 26, to compare the characteristics of St Philip and Cardinal Newman, writes Peter Jennings

Canon Daniel Cronin says the sheer volume of prayers directed at clergy will make a difference