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Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (Photo: PA)

Replacement of social fund threatens ‘safety net’ for people in financial crisis

Supporters of same-sex marriage gather outside Parliament in London (PA)

Archbishops say new law ‘heralds a profound social change’

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Caritas Social Action Network claims new measures will lead to an increase in child poverty

A baby giraffe (PA)

Father Adolfo Nicolas addresses thousands at Magis event

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus address at Castel Gandolfo (AP)

Pontiff spends a day visiting Castel Gandolfo

Bishop Philip Egan (Mazur/

Bishop Egan expressed concerns about the Liverpool Care Pathway in December

Prime Minister Enda Kenny (Virginia Mayo/AP/Press Association Images)

Minister who rebelled faces expulsion from party

Mgr Keith Newton with other ordinariate priests at Our Lady of Assumption church in Soho (Photo: Lorna Moffat)

Catholics who are baptised but not confirmed can now become members

Giuseppe Dalla Torre, president of the Vatican City State court, left, and Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

UN committee that monitors compliance with a children’s rights convention points to ‘list of issues’

The statue by sculptor Fernando Pugliese (CNS)

The Pontiff reportedly phoned Church officials in Buenos Aires to make request