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Bishop Malcolm McMahon, chairman of the Catholic Education Service (Photo: Mazur)

The Catholic Education Service says it will make sure Catholic schools can become academies if they and their bishops want to

Michael Gove speaks to teaching staff at Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy in Bromley, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Catholic Education Service urges Government to consider voluntary-aided academies part-funded by Catholics

Students and teachers protest against university funding cuts (Photo: PA)

Bishops express concerns after their autumn plenary meeting

Education Secretary Michael Gove at the City of London Academy. The school is one of 200 academies already operating in England        Photo: PA

But head of CES warns that free schools and new academy schools will only be able to select half of their pupils on the basis of faith

Catholic schools across Britain will follow Pope’s education event

The Pope’s speech at St Mary’s Twickenham will be followed by students in Catholic schools via the internet

Eighty-four Catholic schools have expressed an interest in becoming academies this September

Pope will speak to thousands of pupils

Pope Benedict XVI will address thousands of school children during his visit
More coverage of the Papal Visit 2010