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Fr Paul Mason, left, Archbishop peter Smith of Southwark (http://catholicnews.org.uk)

The Episcopal Ordination of Fr Paul Mason will take place at the end of May

London's Catholic population is now growing thanks to Eastern European arrivals (Photo: PA)

London’s religious awakening

I went looking for the soul of the metropolis. What I found was an extraordinary spiritual ferment

The introduction of  a module on fertility in SRE has been criticised by BPAS (PA)

A pilot-scheme due to be launched in schools in south London has been criticised by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Jean Vanier toasts his Templeton Prize success (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

L’Arche founder recognised for making ‘an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension’

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

Cardinal Nichols celebrated Mass at Farm Street Jesuit church in central London

Oscar Romero was beatified in May (AP)

Cardinal Vincent Nichols speaks at ecumenical service for Oscar Romero

Nick Gale read music at Oxford University

Nick Gale spent more than a decade working as Master of the Music at the Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St George in Southwark

Benedictus will be the fourth Catholic university in England (CNS)

Benedictus, which aims to open in central London next year, is backed by philosophers Roger Scruton and Anthony O’Hear

Actor Mark Rylance inspects the First Folio with Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, the head of higher education at the  Globe, Francois Decoster, the mayor of Saint-Omer, and Dr Remy Cordonnier, the head of the ancient books collection at Saint-Omer public library (PA)

A recently discovered First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays will be exhibited next year at the Globe Theatre

Even the National Gallery is deserted for the last 10 minutes before closing (Photo: PA)

Savour the silence of the Big Smoke

Being lonely in London is a rare thrill. Even the most famous places you can sometimes have to yourself