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A migrant is assisted after arriving in Reggio Calabria, Italy (CNS)

French, German and Italian bishops have issued formal statements in response to migration crisis

Lord Patten foresees ‘opposition and resistance’ to his blueprint for reform (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Fresh from a tough stint at the BBC, Lord Patten was asked to help overhaul another media operation crying out for change – the Vatican’s. He seems haunted by the possibility of failure

A boy carries belongings as he walks on the rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo, Syria (CNS)

Sister Annie Demerjian has described the killing of members of a Christian family after shells hit their home

People gather around the ruins of the burned Bama Market in Maiduguri, Nigeria (CNS)

Aid to the Church in Need say 5,000 Catholics have been killed in one diocese alone

A total of 43 per cent of women surveyed said they would support moves to halve the legal upper time limit for abortions (PA)

A ComRes survey also found that women were more pro-life then men on practically every issue considered

The banners of new Ss John Paul II and John XXIII hang from the facade of St Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis begins his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

In an age when Christians are once again being persecuted, interest in the English martyrs is on the rise. The saint-making Pope Francis could be the one to canonise them

The completed stone tomb of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral following his reinterment (Joe Giddens/PA Wire)

More than 20,000 people have visited the king’s coffin

Professor Patrick Pullicino

Professor Patrick Pullicino has said that practices proposed by a new report might endanger the safety of patients

US Cardinal Raymond  Burke, patron of the Knights of Malta (CNS)

Cardinal Burke says that ‘through sound family life, our society will be transformed’

Mrs Bruce sought to change the law following revelations that some British doctors had agreed to requests to abortions because of the unborn child’s gender (PA)

Fiona Bruce’s amendment to the Serious Crime Bill has been voted down by the Commons