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Andrew Mitchell, Secretary for International Development, wants overseas aid to have an 'unprecedented focus on family planning' (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Bishops criticise Government proposals to ‘hard-wire’ abortion and contraceptive services into overseas development programmes

Children dressed as saints in a costume workshop in Kansas (Photo: CNS)

Pumpkins should have smiley expressions and have crosses cut into the foreheads, according to a campaign endorsed by bishops

Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales gather around Pope Benedict XVI for a group photograph at Oscott College, Birmingham, in imitation of a famous painting of the first bishops' synod there in 1852 (Photo: Matt Cardy/PA Wire)

Delivered at Oscott College, Birmingham on Sunday, 19 September 2010

St Peter's: the patrimony of the Church, not an emblem of papal grandeur (Photo: PA)

The BBC thinks the Pope has a ‘Nazi past’

Footage of the Hitler Youth, St Peter’s and the Pope holding his head in his hands carries a subliminal message

Bishop Malcolm McMahon, chairman of the Catholic Education Service, co-operated with Schools Secretary Ed Balls over the sex education Bill

In fact, from a Catholic point of view, the coalition is doing rather well

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