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Archbishop launches app to help pregnant women in Los Angeles

Archbishop Gomez (Photo: PA)

App offers a database of crisis pregnancy centres

Vatican spokesman criticises Rolling Stone’s Pope Francis coverage

Pope Francis on the cover of Rolling Stone

Fr Federico Lombardi describes article on Pontiff as ‘superficial journalism’

Vigils for missing priests in Syria

Christians have suffered immensely in the Syrian war (AP)

Jesuit was kidnapped 180 days ago

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor: Appointment of new Bishop of Plymouth will please Francis

Bishop Mark O'Toole (Mazur)

Bishop Mark O’Toole ordained today at Plymouth Cathedral

Ireland to re-open Vatican embassy

Ireland's Vatican embassy was closed two years ago (AP)

Reopening will allow ‘Ireland to engage directly with the leadership of Pope Francis,’ says government

President Obama to meet Pope Francis in March

Barack Obama at the White House (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US president will visit the Vatican on March 27 as part of a European tour

Cardinal Pell: Ashes revenge is sweet

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney (CNS)

‘Turn the other cheek doesn’t quite fit the England–Australia battle,’ says Australian cardinal

Monsignor Scarano re-arrested over new charges

Mgr Scarano (Photo: PA)

Vatican prelate, already under house arrest, accused of money laundering

Whisper a prayer of peace for Syria, says cardinal-designate

Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols (AP)

Cardinal-designate Nichols urges prayers ‘even [from] those who do not normally raise their hearts to God’

Ukrainian Catholic leader responds to legal threat from government

Ukrainian Catholic leader Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (CNS)

UGCC not directly involved in politics, says Major Archbishop Shevchuk