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Circus festival visits Pope

Church leaders from Middle East enjoy circus performance

Round-the-clock vigils and Masses for the miners are held around the country as the men are pulled out of the mine one by one

Daily readings: October 17 – 23

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year: Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8

Pope speaks about the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners during his general audience at the Vatican

Over four days, 230 journalists took part in discussions about the current challenges facing the Catholic press

Ushaw College may close next spring

Trustees announce proposal to close 400-year-old seminary in June due to low student numbers and rising costs

Pumpkins should have smiley expressions and have crosses cut into the foreheads, according to a campaign endorsed by bishops

Pope Benedict XVI says new pontifical council aimed at re-evangelising the west will help ‘remake the Christian fabric of society’

Pope Benedict XVI warns participants at the Middle East Synod about the manifestation of new forms of slavery