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Fr Thomas Byles is said to have twice refused a seat on a lifeboat as the Titanic went down

Cardinal Nichols celebrating Mass in Erbil (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The Archbishop of Westminster joined Archbishop Bashar Warda and the Chaldean community in a celebration of Mass on Sunday

The faithful gather inside St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (AP)

Francis was speaking delivered a message at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday

Pope Francis is greeted by the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (PA)

Francis was speaking at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres

Pope Francis greets Catholicos Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX of the Armenian Catholic Church (L'Osservatore Romano)

Francis laments that nations have ‘not yet reached a consensus on the reading of such sorrowful events’

Priests lay hands on candidates during their ordination at the Co-Cathedral of St Joseph in Brooklyn last June (Photo: CNS)

Nearly 600 Americans are expected to be ordained to the priesthood this year

Fr Patrick Cope met the Queen at a reception in Buckingham Palace

A priest had explained to her how nuns at the monastery prayed ‘for the Queen and England’

One of the numerous hostels provided by the Catholic Church for illegal immigrants. This one is in Los Angeles (CNS)

Charities providing help to immigrant children must provide contraception to youngsters, according to government regulations

Cardinal John Njue carries a cross as he leads the Stations of the Cross from Holy Family Basilica along a street  in the Kenyan capital (CNS)

‘We need to constantly invoke God’s name,’ says Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi

Pope Francis spoke about the persecuted Church (Photo: CNS)

The Pope urged the international community ‘not to remain mute’ in the face of such persecution