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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.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor says there was no mention of same-sex marriage in his party’s manifesto

Ukip leader Nigel Farage in Downe, Kent (Photo; PA)

Farage understands the Tory grassroots much better than Cameron and his pals; this, in the end, is what will unseat him as leader of the party

Left, Archbishop Smith; centre, Archbishop Nichols (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark urge faithful to oppose Bill on same-sex marriage

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 11/12/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Opinion poll

The Government has handled this issue extraordinarily badly

Benedict XVI is framed by a Christmas tree during yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 10/12/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict blesses the faithful at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/11/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Pope Benedict greets the crowd at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/11/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A poster outside a Catholic church in Maryland (Photo: CNS)

Six states have already legalised same-sex marriage, while 30 states have passed laws prohibiting it