1 Sisters of Mercy attend a Mass marking 175 years of their presence in Handsworth, West Midlands, celebrated by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham (photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk).


2 Pupils and staff at The Towers Convent School in Upper Beeding, West Sussex, celebrated the 70th birthday of Sister Mary Patrick.


3 Zubaidah Ahmed, 14, welcomes visitor Clara Gonzales, 12, who was taking part in a Spanish exchange programme at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy in Derby.

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