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Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington greets members of the Little Sisters of the Poor earlier this year (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard) See FORTNIGHT-CLOSING-MASS July 5, 2016.

The sisters cited a decrease in sufficient vocations as the reason for their departure

Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces was amongst the signatories of the declaration (CNS)

US bishops and Iranian religious leaders vow to work together to fight extremism

The Pope has advised priests to be more understanding in areas such as divorce (CNS)

In a meeting with 28 Jesuit priests, the Pope encouraged clergy to practice ‘spiritual discernment’ when advising those seeking help

Irish Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Maynooth is under scrutiny after misgivings about the life and governance of the institution

A statue of Mary is seen partially submerged in flood water in Sorrento, Louisiana, August 20 (CNS)

Bishop Robert Muench has met ‘countless’ victims at three evacuation shelters amid Louisiana’s historic floods

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley processes into the World Youth Day opening Mass in Krakow (CNS)

New Bishop of Memphis appointed by Pope

Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley of Washington will replace Bishop J Terry Steib

New Mexico Gov Susana Martinez (CNS)

Republican Gov Susana Martinez said she will push for reinstatement during the 2017 legislative session

Pope Francis listens to a confession in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

Francis sent a message to bishops, priests and Church workers attending Italy’s annual week of liturgical studies

Filipino residents in Manila involved with illegal drugs wait to take a pledge that they will not use or sell narcotics after surrendering to police and government officials (CNS)

More than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since the government intensified its anti-illegal drugs drive

US Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky greets fans at Dulles International Airport  (CNS)

Katie Ledecky, who prays before races, won four gold medals and one silver at the Games