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Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge exchange rings during their marriage ceremony (CNS photo/Dominic Lipinski, pool via Reuters)

Lord Wallace discloses Church’s advice during House of Lords debate

MPs will debate the Bill at its second reading next Tuesday (Photo: PA)

Here we publish the bishops’ conference briefing in full

Archbishop Smith has urged priests to do all they can to oppose the marriage Bill (Photo: Mazur/

In accompanying letter Archbishop Smith urges priests to ‘do all you can’ to oppose Bill

US bishops look over documents at a meeting in Baltimore (Photo: CNS)

The bureaucratisation of the hierarchy has left the Church rudderless and ineffective

Archbishop Antonio Mennini (Photo: Mazur/

The Bill, to be introduced in the Commons in January, is the sixth attempt to legalise assisted suicide in a decade

Men ordained to the diaconate in Westminster Cathedral (Photo: Mazur)

Number of priestly ordinations expected to almost double in two years

Archbishop Mennini has served as nuncio since December 2010 (Photo: Mazur/

Archbishop Mennini says ‘we must not lose hope in dialogue’ with the secular world

Cardinal Dolan is leading the US bishops' fight against the mandate (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/03/12

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

Archbishop Smith pictured at his installation at Southwark (Photo: Mazur)

Archbishops will also issue a pastoral letter about the importance of marriage to society

Mgr Keith Newton, head of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, celebrates the ordinariate's first birthday at St James, Spanish Place (Photo: Mazur)

The US ordinariate has only just been founded: but already they have a principal church. Ours doesn’t: why is that?