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Archbishop Antonio Mennini (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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/catholicchurch.org.uk)

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)

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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?

Baroness Scotland chairs the safeguarding commission (Ian Nicholson/PA Wire)

Safeguarding commission attributes rise to papal visit, which encouraged people to come forward

Catholic chaplaincies at prisons including Wormwood Scrubs, above, could be under threat by attempts to create a single 'generic' chaplaincy (Photo: PA)

Or is it still possible to work constructively with a secular Government?

The Houses of Parliament (PA photo)

Or should they only intervene when they have the weight of the Magisterium behind them?

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’