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MPs will debate the Bill at its second reading next Tuesday (Photo: PA)

Here we publish the bishops’ conference briefing in full

Pope Benedict XVI blesses the faithful as he leaves after celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on New Year's Day. (Photo: PA)

Six things to pray for in 2013

Ireland, marriage, Parliament, Pope Benedict XVI and atheists all need our prayers in 2013, says Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith.

Gay Marriage Amendment

Is it too late to save marriage?

The census showed a disturbing trend away from the institution

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They are an example to follow but also a splendid and royal rebuke to our times

Newlyweds pose for a photo (Photo: AP)

Sao Paulo notary said she could find no ‘legal impediment’ to the union

Religious leaders including Lord Sacks address crowds in London (Photo: PA)

Cardinal O’Brien has set up a commission to support marriage; the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, meanwhile, says it lifts humanity ‘from biology to poetry’

Perhaps an unintended consequence of this saga is that it has made us appreciate marriage more

Babies: worth it CNS photo/Darren Whiteside, Reuters

Having children is not for dummies

In comparison, being prime minister is a piece of cake

I am pretty sure that a wedding without any civil registration is illegal from the point of view of canon law

A couple renew their wedding vows at an anniversary Mass at St Mary's Cathedral in Nebraska (CNS photo)

Research suggests an awareness of death can reduce divorce rates. I can well believe it