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Men light candles at a vigil to commemorate Pakistani minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti in Lahore (CNS photo/Mohsin Raza, Reuters)

Why are we giving hundreds of millions to brutal regimes like Pakistan and northern Sudan?

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark: 'No authority has the power to modify the fundamental nature of marriage' (Photo: Mazur)

Archbishop Smith says Church will oppose Government ‘in the strongest terms’ if it tries to make gay marriage legal

Egyptian Muslims and Christians in Cairo protest against the bombing of a Coptic church in Alexandria (AP Photo/Ahmed Ali)

The Catholic Herald predicts the big stories of 2011

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?

David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy exchange copies of the new treaty at the Anglo-French summit this week (Photo: PA)

The new defence deal is a triumph. Many will feel it does not go far enough

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

The Coalition wants to release the philanthropic energies of believers

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

David Cameron has abandoned plans to reform the laws of succession. Critics of reform say it would lead to the disestablishment of the Church of England and undermine the monarchy (PA photo)

Ancient law that forbids Catholics or anyone married to a Catholic from becoming monarch will not be challenged by the Government