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Former president of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese (PA)

The former president of Ireland will teach Irish Studies

A Christian woman who fled with her children from the violence in Mosul, Iraq (CNS)

Faithful in Iraq told to ‘convert, pay or die’ by Islamic State militants

Pro-life demonstrators walk through central Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 16/12/10

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

Francis Campbell, Britain's first Catholic ambassador to the Holy See

We urgently need a more substantial replacement

Francis Campbell says visit will improve cooperation between British government and Holy See

Will the crowds stay away for the papal visit? (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The media, certainly, are not indifferent to the Pope’s trip. But are the faithful?

The Prime Minister has a big decision to make (Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

David Cameron should think carefully about Francis Campbell’s successor as British ambassador to the Holy See

Could General Lord Guthrie be the next British Ambassador to the Holy See?

Ann Widdecombe’s decision not to go to Rome has opened the field to other candidates

Archbishop Bernard Longley pictured with, left to right, Peter Jennings, his press secretary, Jackie Edge, his aunt, Kathleen Lloyd his sister and Jennifer Davies his secretary                                                                                                                                         (Photograph: Robert Davies)

Pope Benedict XVI made the comment when he placed the pallium over the shoulders of Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham

There is no reason why the Holy See should reject Ann Widdecombe as Britain's next ambassador (Photo: PA)

But she might not be the only name on the table