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This is the latest exchange in the row between the Work and Pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, and a group of prominent Catholics. Three weeks ago the group wrote an open letter to Mr Duncan Smith, a Catholic, criticising the Government's welfare reforms. In this week's Tablet he responds, saying the reforms were changing attitudes attitudes towards gaining employment and that saying the Government had already made "considerable improvements" to the Work Capability Assessment process. However in a new letter, printed below, the group takes issue with his argument.

In his encyclical on the care for the environment Pope Francis urges the world to embark upon a revolutionary ethical rethink and change of heart in its relationship with the planet.

Pope Francis praised martyred archbishop Oscar Romero for his ministry, which he said was 'distinguished by his particular attention to the poor and marginalised'. This was expressed in a letter which was read out at Romero's beatification Mass last Saturday in San Salvador. Read the full letter below:

At the Monmouth Assizes on 8 January 1840, John Frost was found “guilty with mercy” of leading the march of the Chartists from the deprived valleys of South Wales to the city of Newport.

Ahead of Pope Francis' much-anticipated "green" encyclical, Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl was at the Vatican this week taking part in a conference entitled "The New Climate Economy: How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand".

The Archbishop of Dublin set out his vision for an “ethic of equality” in which gay people and their relationships are recognised and cherished while marriage is reserved for heterosexual couples only. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was speaking to diocesan communications officers at All Hallows’, Dublin, on Wednesday, ahead of the referendum on whether the constitution should be changed to allow for gay marriage to be legalised.

In an exclusive interview with The Tablet, Labour leader Ed Miliband says while he is ‘not a religious person’, his manifesto has been influenced by Catholic Social Teaching.

Pope Francis unveiled his vision for the Holy Year of Mercy at Vespers in St Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, saying that the Church must be “an oasis of mercy”.

On 10 April the bishops' conference of Scotland issued a Pastoral Letter on the General Election highlighting issues for voters to consider when choosing who to support on 7 May.

Tonight is a night of vigil. The Lord is not sleeping; the Watchman is watching over his people (cf. Ps 121:4), to bring them out of slavery and to open before them the way to freedom.

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