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The shrinkage of the Church into a creative minority may leave churches empty in some countries (Photo: PA)

Or should the Church always have a place for less committed Catholics?

Pope Benedict XVI’s general audience focuses on 13th-century Hungarian princess

Pope announces consistory at Wednesday general audience

Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims during his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Pope names 24 new cardinals

List includes a large number of Italians but not Archbishop Nichols of Westminster or Archbishop Dolan of New York

The Pope celebrates Mass in the Apostolic Nunciature during his recent visit to Britain. The altar, tabernacle stand and lectern were specially made by NEJ Stevenson

The Pope seen in seclusion

Apostolic Nuncio to Britain commissions Midlands-based bespoke furniture maker to produce six items for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit

Rumours abound that a consistory will take place next month. Above: cardinals assemble in St Peter's Basilica in 2007 (Photo: PA)

Apartments in Rome are ‘already being readied’ for a consistory on November 20 and 21, according to a source

Seminarians pictured at the Pontifical North American College in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Holy Father recalls his difficult path to priesthood in Nazi Germany

Pope Benedict XVI and Lord Sacks at a meeting of religious leaders at St Mary's University, Twickenham, last month (Photo: PA)

Lord Sacks describes meeting Pope Benedict XVI in Twickenham last month as a moment he ‘shall never forget’

Pope greets Sister Maria Casey, postulator of the Cause of Mary MacKillop, at the canonisation Mass in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Pope Benedict XVI proclaims six new saints, including a Canadian brother known as the ‘Miracle Man of Montreal’

Some respected campaigners even regarded it as a civil right