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Cardinal-designate Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar

Burmese Buddhist nationalists have been targeting Muslim groups

Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

Pope Francis named 15 cardinal electors from 14 different countries

Bishop Mark Davies will urge the faithful to remember the true meaning of Christmas (Simon Caldwell)

Bishop Davies says society must not attempt to achieve ‘cohesion’ by purging references to Christianity

Bishop  John Keenan (Photo: Paul McSherry)

Bishop Keenan was commenting on last week’s Supreme Court decision

Pope Francis appealed to officials to take care of their spiritual life (CNS)

In his annual end of year address to Vatican officials, Francis says he prays daily to the English martyr

A choir of friars singing at a ceremony honouring St Francis (CNS)

Brother Michael A Perry explains ‘grave situation’ in letter

Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan with Paul Tully and John Smeaton of SPUC outside the Supreme Court (Photo: SPUC)

Neil Addison says Supreme Court decision limiting conscientious objection is ‘not a good result for nurses or freedom’

People dance the tango in St Peter's Square to celebrate Pope Francis's  birthday (PA)

Pope Francis is 78 years old today

Pope Francis is reputed for taking a relaxed approach to security (CNS)

Church officials say Francis has asked that there not be any barriers between himself and the faithful

A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia (PA)

Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary’s Cathedral, close to where Monday’s siege took place