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'Tony Benn was certainly a content-rich politician, in contrast to the content-lite politicians who created New Labour' (PA)

If a society is to flourish then the secular arena must make room for religious viewpoints

Archbishop Nichols talks to another speaker at the conference (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

His view contrasts with those of Dr Rowan Williams, who this week described the Big Society as a ‘painfully stale slogan’

Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he arrives to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

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?

Pope Benedict XVI greets David Cameron at the end of his visit to Britain (Photo: PA)

Bishops’ message echoes Cameron’s call for a big society

David Cameron delivers his 'Your country needs you' speech in Birmingham this week (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

He could have provided a philosophic commentary to this week’s party conference

David Cameron and Pope Benedict XVI at a farewell ceremony at Birmingham International Airport (Photo: PA)

In a powerful farewell speech, David Cameron says faith ‘has always been part of the fabric of our country’

‘Red Tory’ Phillip Blond speaks at Catholic conference in Italy

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Fingers crossed: let’s hope it all goes somewhere

David Cameron delivers his Big Society speech at Liverpool Hope University (Christopher Furlong/PA)

The Coalition wants to release the philanthropic energies of believers