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Cardinal Nichols (PA)

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has released a letter ahead of this year’s general election

Syrian refugees near the Turkish border (CNS)

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Assyrian Christians were taken after militants attacked villages

St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

Rome on high alert with Islamic State just 300 miles from Italy

Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ

Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ was abducted by Taliban gunmen in June last year

Pope Francis and Chancellor Merkel met in the Vatican on Saturday (PA)

The German chancellor traveled to the Vatican to discuss the upcoming G7 summit with the Pope

Women pray during a mass lead by Pope Tawadros II last week (PA)

The names of the martyrs will be entered into the Church’s calendar, Pope Tawadros II has announced

Steven Woolfe said that the party stood for Judeo-Christian values and patriotism (PA)

‘Aquinas teaches that patriotism is a virtue’, says north-west MEP

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, of San Francisco (AP/Patrick Semansky)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone responds to criticism of sexual morality clauses in teachers’ handbooks

Pope Francis appeared to urge the bishops not to be drawn too deeply into politics (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis says the conflict has caused ‘great suffering to the entire population’

Benedict XVI sits with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone while on holiday in Les Combes in the Alps. The picture was taken during Benedict XVI's pontificate (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal also defends ‘lavish’ 80th birthday dinner, saying there were no truffles