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Benedict XVI assisted by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, left, and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household (CNS)

Book containing claims about aliens passed on to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Lord Patten of Barnes (PA)

Lord Patten of Barnes’ lecture for the English and Welsh bishops’ World Communications Day

Chris Patten (PA)

British peer offers scathing critique of the Holy See’s current communications structures

Pakistani Christians have faced persecution for some time

‘This is simple growing hatred against Christians,’ says human rights activist

Votes are cast in Friday's referendum (PA)

L’Osservatore Romano responds to Ireland’s vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis discussed pizza, football and his daily routine in an interview with an Argentine newspaper

The March for Life vigil was met with opposition

Pro-abortion demonstrators called out slogans such as ‘religious scum’ at pro-lifers

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, rapporteur of Circulus Anglicus 'B' (AP)

The Archbishop of Dublin says Church faces huge task in communicating its message to young people

A large canvas depicting Archbishop Oscar Romero hangs on the facade of the National Theater in San Salvador (Photo: CNS)

The Mass will be attended by several heads of state, including the presidents of Ecuador and Panama

An Assyrian woman prays at a church in Damascus at a Mass for Christians abducted by ISIS (Photo: CNS)

La Croix says kidnapping follows series of atrocities in newly captured town