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Bishops praise Alex Salmond as a ‘wonderful champion for Scotland’

Alex Salmond, left, during the visit of Benedict XVI to Scotland in 2010 (Photo: PA)

In a letter the outgoing First Minister is described as ‘one of the most able politicians’ in British history

Pope Francis makes major American Church appointment

Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich of Chicago (AP)

Bishop Blase Cupich will succeed Cardinal Francis George as Archbishop of Chicago

Anglican team eases to victory against Vatican XI

The Vatican XI congratulate an Anglican XI player (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Archbishop of Canterbury presents trophy to victors of cricketing showdown

Relative of British MP to become Sri Lanka’s first saint

Keith Vaz MP (PA)

Blessed Joseph Vaz is a distant relative of Labour MP Keith Vaz

Cardinal Nichols: Murder of David Haines a repugnant attack on humanity

David Haines, the British aid worker killed by ISIS

30 countries pledge to combat ISIS “by all means necessary”

Search on for bone marrow donor to save life of Catholic mother

Nikki Breaterman with her famly

Nikki Breaterman suffers from acute myeloid leukaemia

Mgr Marcus Stock appointed Bishop of Leeds

Mgr Marcus Stock, Bishop-elect of Leeds (Mazur)

‘I am overwhelmed at the trust which the Holy Father has placed in me,’ says bishop-elect.

Francis: Global conflicts amount to ‘piecemeal’ World War III

Pope Francis prays by the gravestones of an Austro-Hungarian cemetery in Fogliano di Redipuglia, northern Italy (CNS)

Pope makes comments at Italy’s largest war memorial

The Rev Ian Paisley dies aged 88

The Rev Ian Paisley (Photo: PA)

Martin McGuinness, his former deputy minister, has paid tribute to the peace-building of his later life

San Lorenzo to name new stadium after Pope Francis

Pope Francis receiving the Copa Libertadores trophy from players and officials from San Lorenzo (CNS)

Argentine football club has enjoyed a revival in its fortunes since the pontiff’s election