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Catholic Education Service confirms resignation of Oona Stannard, director for 12 years

Fr Marcus Stock, general secretary of the bishops’ conference, has taken over as interim director

Catholic Education Service urges Government to consider voluntary-aided academies part-funded by Catholics

But head of CES warns that free schools and new academy schools will only be able to select half of their pupils on the basis of faith

Eighty-four Catholic schools have expressed an interest in becoming academies this September

Pope Benedict XVI will address thousands of school children during his visit
More coverage of the Papal Visit 2010