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Around 50 Anglican priests are expected to defect to the Roman Catholic Church next year, Catholic leaders said today.

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Plans to make the long-term unemployed do unpaid manual labour for their benefits could push vulnerable people into a "downward spiral of despair", the Archbishop of Canterbury warned yesterday.

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A 16-year-old boy appeared in court today charged with the murder of schoolgirl Rebecca Aylward.

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China dissident wins Nobel peace prize

Imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize today for "his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights" — a prize likely to enrage the Chinese government, which had warned the Nobel committee not to honour him.

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Catholics are being urged to make themselves more visible by making the sign of the cross and saying "God bless you" more often.

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Pope Benedict XVI today offered his strongest public apology of his state visit to victims of child abuse within the Catholic Church.

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Terence Blacker: Standing up for bad language

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PM offers Pope a 'very warm welcome'

Prime Minister David Cameron offered "a very warm welcome" to Pope Benedict XVI today ahead of his visit to Britain.

Anger as church fails to punish Belgian abusers

The Catholic Church in Belgium yesterday promised to open a rehabilitation centre for child abuse victims after an investigation found that hundreds of young people were raped and assaulted by its priests over the past 40 years.

Senior Catholic Edmund Adamus blames UK's 'moral wasteland' on equal rights

A leading adviser to the Archbishop of Westminster has blamed abortion and gay rights for turning Britain into a "selfish, hedonistic wasteland" which has become "the geopolitical epicentre of the culture of death".

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