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Bishop Brignall said that some would be shocked by the decision (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The Bishop of Wrexham, announcing the closure of 22 churches by 2020, says some changes will begin ‘within weeks’

Pope Francis hears a Confession during a penitential liturgy in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Priests will hear Confession at churches in England and Wales on March 4 and 5 as part of the Pope’s ’24 hours for the Lord’ initiative

Joe Calzaghe with his father Enzo

Mr Calzaghe is a straightforward documentary about the life and career of legendary Welsh boxer, Joe Calzaghe

Wales players celebrate their 25-28 win on Saturday (Photo: PA)

Priest’s celebration during Mass the next day makes headlines

Pope Francis meets a baby (PA)

A number of biblical names have made it into the the Top 100 most popular baby boys’ names for 2014

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal Nichols urged people not to fall for ‘great lie’ of assisted suicide during homily for the Day for Life

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has released a letter ahead of this year’s general election

Ched Evans (PA)

Can Ched Evans ever be forgiven?

The controversy over Evans’ return to football is complicated by the fact that he has shown no remorse for his crime

Prime Minister David Cameron (AP)

Conservative whips canvassing their party’s MPs over whether they would support military action

Pope Francis announced the extraordinary synod in October last year  (CNS)

Details of questionnaire responses from Catholics in England and Wales will remain confidential