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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

Michael Gove                Photo: PA

An official has said that any decision about sacking teachers who refuse to teach about same-sex marriage, ultimately rests with Strasbourg and not the Government

'Love is Love' Gay Marriage Contest Ceremony - New York

Equality legislation will certainly undermine the Government’s supposed guarantee

Archbishop Peter Smith  (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

In accompanying letter Archbishop Smith urges priests to ‘do all you can’ to oppose Bill

Mgr Keith Newton celebrated mass at the church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory(Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Letter to Telegraph says legislation would erode ability of faithful to ‘participate fully’ in public life

Archbishop Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The Church of England accepts them: but the CDF has made it clear that we do not. But things seem a little ambiguous here. How come?

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