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Former Catholic Herald editor Desmond Fisher, who passed away last week       (https://fisherbelfast.wordpress.com/)

He covered Second Vatican Council during his time in charge of the paper

Francis met Syriac Christians during his recent visit to Turkey (CNS)

Turkish government gives go-ahead to Syriac church in Istanbul

Michael Keaton (Photo: PA)

Actor says his Catholic school shaped him as a person

Cologne Cathedral will dim its floodlights on Monday night (AP/Martin Meissner)

Cathedral dean says he wants to make marchers ‘stop and think’

Pope Francis leaves St Peter's Basilica after celebrating Mass on New Year's Day (CNS)

Pontiff marks the World Day of Peace at a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica

Children at Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto. The Church continues to grow in Africa (CNS)

Study reports that there were 1.23 billion faithful worldwide at the end of 2012

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal urges Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to intervene

Pope Francis arrives at the Paul VI hall for a meeting with large families (AP)

Pontiff urges policy-makers to support larger families

A view of the seminary in Ciudad Altamirano, where Fr Lopez Gorostieta worked (AP)

Nine priests have been killed in Mexico in the past two years

An Iraqi Christian child who fled violence in Mosul (CNS)

Francis writes Christmas message of support to beleaguered Christians in the Middle East