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Sister Agnes Mary Donovan, coordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, shakes hands with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi at Tuesday's press conference (CNS)

US women religious welcome Vatican report

Apostolic visitation report marks a new beginning for women religious, sisters say

Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen (PA)

Catholic Church has joined the chorus of condemnation of the deadly attack by Taliban

Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius in Lithuania (CNS)

‘We’re in the front line, and Russia has made its intentions clear,’ says Archbishop of Vilnius

A guard tower at Guantanamo Bay naval base (CNS)

Church officials and campaigners respond to Senate Intelligence Committee report

Pop Francis speaking at the Vatican this week (CNS)

Francis has called on world leaders and people of faith to work together to rid the world of the threat of nuclear weapons

Pope Francis at the extraordinary synod in October (CNS)

Document includes 46 questions for national bishops’ conferences around the world

Refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani (CNS)

The Knights of Columbus donate $2.2 million to help Middle East refugees

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila (AP)

Cardinal issues obligatory prayer as Filipinos face Typhoon Hagupit

'For a true traditionalist Catholic, the Pope – the Pope we actually have, not some dream pope who isn’t going to materialise – is his guide' (AP)

Pontiff describes women members of International Theological Commission as ‘strawberries on the cake’

Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska

Parish staff discovered overturned pews, toppled furniture and debris in the sanctuary