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Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder. German bishops said he was a ‘Gospel witness’ (CNS)

In a new report Germany’s bishops say the 500th anniversary of the Reformation must involve repentance on both sides

Pope Francis sits next Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops conference, during a meeting with Poland's bishops at the cathedral in Krakow, Poland (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope made ‘beautiful’ appeal to bishops to ensure the elderly were not forgotten at World Youth Day

Emergency services workers are seen in the area where a man with an axe attacked passengers on a train (CNS photo/Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters)

Spokesman for Würzburg diocese says the attack should not be used ‘as a general indictment against refugees’

Pro-European protesters demonstrate outside Downing Street after the referendum (AP)

Dream of European unity must not be ‘buried by self-serving gravediggers’, says Austrian bishop

A depiction of communist-era martyrs in a Serbian Orthodox church in Podgorica (PA)

When Christianity becomes a crime

I thought I knew what believers experienced under communism. But I was unprepared for a story of persecution comparable to the Roman Empire

Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski of Poland, founder of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, is depicted in an undated painting (CNS)

Blessed Stanislaus Papczynski will be canonised in Rome on June 5

A painting of Mary and the Christ Child is is seen in 2014 at the damaged St Thecla Orthodox monastery in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula, Syria (CNS photo/Youssef Badawi, EPA)

Project is the ‘first concrete outcome’ of the Pope’s meeting with Patriarch Kirill

Lutheran church leaders and officials in Trondheim, Norway, vote in favour of conducting same-sex weddings (CNS photo/Ole Martin Wold, EPA)

Bishop says politicians ‘may get aggressive’ over resistance to same-sex marriage

Protesters march the street during a 2015 demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burund (CNS photo/Dai Kurokawa, EPA)

Church told its ‘attitudes must change’ as fears grow of civil war

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (CNS)

Police raided the offices of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin to search for information related to the case of Fr Bernard Preynat