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Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who said more than 3,000 people leave religious life each year, with Pope Francis (CNS)

An immense debt is owed to the orders which have been the backbone of the Church’s mission for the last five hundred years

These days nuns are a rare sight in schools (AP)

The white veils and white gloves on feast days are now a distant memory

Blessed John Paul II  (CNS)

Blessed John Paul II (October 22) played a decisive role at the Second Vatican Council

Archbishop Marini: 'The Council is not behind us. It still precedes us'  (PA)

Archbishop Marini says he feels ‘desire to experience anew the spirit of the Second Vatican Council’

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state (CNS)

Of course clerical celibacy isn’t a dogma; and Archbishop Parolin thinks that the Church is collegial when the Pope listens first and then decides

'The lack of thorough training in church music has led directly to the current serious situation' (CNS)

Congregations are tired of being patronised by dull music, but we must not hark back to a supposed ‘golden age’

Worshippers at Baitul Futuh Mosque in Morden, Surrey (PA)

Bishop urges faithful not to accept negative media image of Muslims

Pope Francis shakes hands with a boy before today's general audience (AP)

General audience focuses on the Church as a living body

Pope Francis in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Pope tells faithful to resist “voices saying we should go back”

Cardinal Walter Kasper (CNS)

Cardinal Kasper, 80, says Pope has put problems of southern hemisphere at the top of the agenda