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Vatican: Pope Francis ‘considering’ Cuba visit

A nun waves a Vatican flag while attending Mass with St John Paul II in Havana in 1998

Francis considering visit to island during America trip

Cardinal Bechara Rai (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Lebanese cardinal calls for ‘unified stance’ against terrorism

Maronite Catholic patriarch briefs ambassadors on Middle East crisis

Cardinal Francis George died on Friday, aged 78 (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Cardinal Francis George, ‘a man of peace, tenacity and courage’, dies aged 78

Former Archbishop of Chicago was known as the ‘American Ratzinger’ because of his intellectual gifts

In 2013, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled Saguenay could keep its prayer tradition, but the Supreme Court of Canada reversed that ruling (PA)

Canadian Supreme Court bans prayers at council meetings

In the name of neutrality of state, nine judges agreed that prayers should not be allowed at council meetings anymore

150 candles are placed in the Cologne Cathedral memory of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash last month in the French Alps (PA)

Relatives mourn Germanwings victims at service in Cologne Cathedral

Around 1400 people attended a memorial service for the victims of the Germanwings flight which crashed in the Alps in March

A nun waves a Vatican flag while attending Mass with St John Paul II in Havana in 1998

Vatican: Pope Francis ‘considering’ Cuba visit

Francis considering visit to island during America trip

A woman waits to disembark from an Italian Navy vessel in the harbour of Reggio Calabria, southern Italy earlier this week (AP)

Christian migrants thrown overboard during Mediterranean voyage, say police

Police in Sicily say 12 Christians are feared dead after altercation occurred during crossing from Libya

People attend a memorial vigil in Nairobi, Kenya, earlier this month for the 147 people killed in an attack on Garissa University College (CNS)

Pope urges those guilty of brutality in Kenya to ‘come to their senses’

Francis met Kenyan bishops at the Vatican and urged them to promote peace, dialogue and justice.

Bolivian president Evo Morales meets Pope Francis at the Vatican in September 2013 (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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Pope Francis meets representatives of Leadership Conference of Women Religious at Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Vatican ends seven-year investigation of US women religious

LCWR leaders met Pope Francis today as the Vatican announced the conclusion of the process

Smoke billows after a Saudi-led airstrike on the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Christians are forced to pray underground in war-torn Yemen, says bishop

‘You are not alone,’ Bishop Paul Hinder tells faithful who must remain ‘invisible’ in order to stay safe

Cardinal Roberto Tucci, left, speaks at a 2011 Vatican press conference alongside Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi (CNS)

St John Paul’s trip planner, former head of Vatican Radio dies at 93

Cardinal Roberto Tucci died at the age of 93

Benedict XVI celebrates his 88th birthday with his brother Mgr Georg Ratzinger, right, and fellow Bavarians (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis wishes Benedict XVI a happy 88th birthday

Pontiff offers morning Mass for the Pope Emeritus

Benedict XVI arrives at Cofton Park, Birmingham, for the beatification of Cardinal Newman (AP)

How Benedict XVI vanquished the New Atheists

Ten years ago today Benedict began his transformative papacy

Nuns sing during a prayer service for men and women religious in New York (CNS)

The result is in: now the LCWR must prove it can change its ways

The Vatican is now insisting that the LCWR act in a Catholic manner. What could be simpler?

Nardine and her family are living in a monastery after fleeing ISIS

Finally the BBC has woken up to the war on Middle Eastern Christians

The documentary ‘Kill the Christians’ forces Britons to confront the plight of the suffering Church

'The golden roof, the marble walls, the Vatican’s majestic halls…' (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, POOL)

Why there is no contradiction between Christ’s teachings and the Vatican’s splendour

A remarkable book that emerged from a chance conversation on a plane tackles the question of ‘the Pope’s jewels’

'Their Christian faith was bruised and battered. In some cases, all hope was lost'

Why Pope Francis was right to call the Armenian massacres ‘genocide’

A century after the genocide began, Turkey still refuses to accept the truth. Yet for the sake of today’s persecuted Christians, the past must not be forgotten

The cast of Father Ted

Is it still safe for Catholics to laugh at Father Ted?

Twenty years after it first aired, the clerical sitcom remains one of Britain’s best-loved TV shows – yet Catholics remain split over how relentlessly it pokes fun at the Church

Pope Francis  leaves after celebrating Mass marking 100th anniversary of Armenian genocide (PA)

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Iraqi Christians in America protests against government inaction (AP)

Are vested interests to blame for the West’s failure to save Middle East Christians?

Cardinal Bagnasco may sound like a conspiracy theorist, but he raises pertinent questions over the persecution of Christians

Young woman wears a mantilla at Mass (CNS)

Women need to embrace the empowering veil again

The veil denotes our hallowed status as life-givers

Couples exchange vows at a wedding ceremony in the US (CNS)

A question of conscience

A cardinal has suggested that someone could be admitted to Communion after remarrying, if they were to avow that their first marriage was null – but marriage is a public act, not a private one

Pope Francis is greeted by Catholicos Aram I, second left, and the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II at St Peter's Basilica (PA)

Laying bare the hideous truth of the Armenian genocide

A new book describes why Turkey is right to have an uneasy conscience over its treatment of the Armenians

The Scottish Catholic Bishops' Conference have criticised the proliferation of nuclear weapons (PA)

I support the scrapping of Trident but I can’t support the SNP

Nicola Sturgeon may be right about Trident but for the wrong reasons