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Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa (CNS)

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has said that the Church is entering a new era

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard (CNS)

‘I hope the political class will be persuaded to reflect,’ says Archbishop Leonard

A youth squats inside a burned out car in Bangui Below: Displaced civilians at the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Thousands of civilians take shelter in churches, but parishes struggling to cope

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga of Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

International community urged to help set up election body and investigate alleged crimes against humanity

A gay rights activist  is kicked as he lies on the ground in front of Moscow 
City Hall

A wave of attacks on gay people is sweeping Russia. and local Church leaders, fearful of western influence, are not addressing it

Archbishop Jozef Michalik of Przemysl (CNS)

Bishops defend the Polish Church’s record on tackling abuse

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst  (PA)

Bishop Tebartz-van Elst was accused of extravagance for building a £12.5 million diocesan centre

Mgr Vladimir Ghika helped restore France's ties with the Holy See (Photo: CNS)

Mgr Vladimir Ghika died after three years of imprisonment

Children walk along a street in the town of Ndele, Central African Republic (PA)

Carmelite Father Aurelio Gazzera says Islamists have “reserved bloodiest treatment for Catholic catechists”

A server leads a procession out of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Bangui in the Central African Republic. The cathedral’s rector was abducted in April (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Jonathan Luxmoore says clergy are being kidnapped, tabernacles profaned and Church hospitals ransacked in the Central African Republic