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Pope tells faithful to “courageously follow Jesus in seeking out the poor”

A blind boy stands outside a makeshift shelter in Islamabad (Photo: CNS)

Vatican officials will also draw attention to Haiti

Pope Benedict XVI leads the Angelus in St Peter's Square on Sunday Photo: Press Association

Benedict XVI says Catholics must endure spiritual battle during his Sunday address

Warm double chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and raspberries on top (Photo: PA)

Or is that a distraction from the real task of preparing for Holy Week and Easter?

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: unlikely to be giving up laughter for Lent (Photo: CNS)

It’s time for one last chocolate biscuit

We asked prominent Christians what they are giving up for Lent. Their answers range from blogs to fruit juice and moreish digestives

Priests hear Confessions at World Youth Day in Madrid (CNS photo)

Diocese sees rise in Confessions

The number of people attending Confession in the Diocese of Lancaster has increased following a Lenten initiative

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury (Photo: Mazur)
Benedict XVI blesses the faithful during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Bishop Mark Davies says the shortness of our lives should shape our priorities (Photo: Mazur/

Bishop of Shrewsbury encourages Catholics to regain a ‘perspective of eternity’

A woman prays at an Ash Wednesday Mass in Hyderabad, India (AP)

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