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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 (AP)

The widespread appeal of Pope Francis, named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2013, must not be wasted

Mgr Keith Newton distributes Communion during the first public Ordinariate Use Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in October  (Dylan Parry/ordinariate Flickr photostream)

Ex-Anglicans break out of the ghetto

Thanks to Pope Francis the ordinariate is no longer only for former Anglicans

Pope Francis greeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in July (CNS)

As attendance at Mass and the confessional ‘soars’, his pastoral strategy is looking clearer; who knows? The ‘Francis effect’ may even prove durable

Benedict XVI greets Britain's Baroness Sayeeda Warsi at the Vatican in February 2012 (CNS)

Lady Warsi will discuss ‘Freedom of Religion in the Public and Private Sphere’

A woman walks past a computerised display showing the FTSE 100 index

Traders need to read Francis’s encyclical

The Pope knows how to truly reform the global economy

Pope Francis (CNS)

He prefers to communicate by means of discussion and conversation rather than preaching at people. But he never places the teachings of the church in any doubt

Father Marcial Maciel Degollado with Blessed John Paul II in 2000 (CNS)

Cardinal Dziwisz makes comments about the late Pope in new book

Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

Like Leo the Great and Gregory the Great, he both exerted geopolitical influence and reasserted the teaching authority of the Holy See

Chief executive of the British Humanist Association, Andrew Copson

In the second in our series of interviews with prominent critics of the Church, the chief executive of the British Humanist Association explains why he is indifferent to Catholicism