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Nigel Farage says Pope’s comments on Europe are ‘very encouraging’

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (PA)

Leader of Eurosceptic party Ukip says Francis's address to European Parliament marks major shift

The Pope said that belonging to the Church truly is a wonderful gift, which calls us to the highest vocation (CNS)

Belonging to the Church is a ‘wonderful gift’ says Pope

The Pope was speaking to pilgrims in St Peter’s Square in his weekly General Audience

ISIS fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

Reports: ISIS militants damage convent in Mosul

Militants have been said to be using the convent as a logistics base

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have increased

Catholic aid workers and priests in Jerusalem finding life difficult as tensions increase

Violence mounts following synagogue murders

Bishop John H Ricard Below: Demonstrators hold signs in Oakland (CNS)

Bishop: Catholics should ‘rekindle’ commitment to end racism

Bishop John H Ricard said that the divide between blacks and whites must be addressed

Pope Francis pictured  with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a poster displayed outside a Catholic Church in Istanbul (CNS)

Pope likely to meet Christian refugees in Turkey

Vatican spokesman says some refugees may be present when the Pope meets Catholic students

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (PA)

Nigel Farage says Pope’s comments on Europe are ‘very encouraging’

Leader of Eurosceptic party Ukip says Francis’s address to European Parliament marks major shift

Pope Francis holds an in-flight press conference on the way back from Strasbourg (Photo: CTV)

Pope says he would ‘never close the door’ on talks with Islamic State

The Pope made the remark on his flight home from Strasbourg

Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, known for his service to the poor and the sick in a ministry that began in Rome during World War II (CNS)

Cardinal Angelini, minister to the sick and poor, dies at 98 

Pope Francis described the cardinal as a “dear and esteemed pastor”

A shop burns in Ferguson, Missouri (Photo: CNS)

Amid Ferguson unrest, archbishop pleads: reject violence

Archbishop Carlson was speaking after grand jury ruling sparked riots

Pope Francis speaking to the Council of Europe

Pope Francis’s speech to the Council of Europe in full

Full text of Pope’s second speech in Strasbourg provided by Vatican Radio

Pope Francis delivers his speech at the European Parliament (AP)

Pope Francis’s address to the European Parliament in full

Pontiff challenges European leaders to defend dignity of the most vulnerable

Cardinal Vaughan topped the list

Sunday Times says Cardinal Vaughan is ‘best comprehensive in the country’

Catholic and Jewish schools dominate top of newspaper’s list

Pope Francis greets some women as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for peace and for the reconciliation of North and South Korea (CNS)

Memo to the Guardian: Pope Francis is not ageist or sexist

Pope Francis has a strong track record on respect for women and the elderly

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg (PA)

Pope Francis’s speech on Europe could have come from the lips of St John Paul II or Benedict XVI

It’s been said that Francis represents a rupture with the past, but that is not the case here

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and supporters celebrate winning the Rochester and Strood by-election (PA)

Catholics must decide whether they stand with Ukip or Leo XIII

I understand Nigel Farage’s appeal, but purple and yellow will never be my colours

Pope Francis and EU Parliament President Martin Schulz Below: Francis addresses MEPs (PA)

Pope Francis believes the European project has gone badly wrong

The Pope’s speech in Strasbourg marks a huge shift in the Church’s stance on the EU

JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA)

How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway’s Not God’s Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journey

Jordan Matson, the former US soldier who reportedly joined the fight against ISIS

The war against ISIS continues in the Middle East, and the war of words continues at home

ISIS stands for kidnap, murder, slavery and threats of terror – no one anywhere should support it

A scene from John Lewis's 'Monty the Penguin' advert Below: Sainsburys' First World War effort

Don’t let soppy adverts ruin your Advent

Christmas has become so debased in Britain perhaps it should be renamed to avoid confusion with the real thing

Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS)

We can expect clarity and leadership from Cardinal Sarah

The Church in Africa has a sharp understanding of the transcendent and sacred

Bill Murray (PA)

Five unlikely celebrity fans of the traditional Latin Mass

Bill Murray is not the only celeb in love with the Old Mass

The Pope kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during his time as Cardinal in Buenos Aire (CNS)

Pope Francis is carrying forward Benedict XVI’s missionary message

The most formative influence on Pope Francis has been the poverty of the ordinary people in his native Buenos Aires

Cardinal Francis George gives a final blessing during a rite of welcome ceremony for his successor as Archbishop of Chicago (Photo: CNS)

The Pope really needs to answer Cardinal George’s questions

Cardinal Francis George would ‘really, really like to have a heart-to-heart with Francis': so too would many of the rest of us

A priest take photos on a tablet as Francis celebrates Mass (CNS)

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