Staff Reporter

Number of Catholics, priests, bishops and deacons all increased in 2009, but number of female religious declined

Archbishop of Bangalore says Christian victims have been turned into the perpetrators, while attackers have been absolved

Pope receives Russian president at the Vatican and exchanges gifts

Pope receives President Dmitry Medvedev at the Vatican

Pope says St John of the Cross is a model of faithful perseverance on the road to spiritual maturity

Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor arrives in Ranchi, east India, to streets lined with welcomers

St Joseph’s College in Trent Vale, Staffordshire, celebrates becoming an academy

Sir Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate from 1999 to 2009, visits the Oratory School to run a workshop on creative writing

Pupils, parents and staff attend candlemas celebration at Stonyhurst College

Archbishop Nichols hosts reception for new and departing private secretaries