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A stained glass window depicting St Brigid

Saint of the week: St Brigid (February 1)

St Brigid’s feast day was once a major date in the Irish social calendar

Archbishops wearing the pallium at a Mass mark the feast of Ss Peter and Paul (CNS)

The Pope has decided that newly appointed metropolitan archbishops will be formally vested at a ceremony in their own archdiocese

Syrian refugees warm themselves around a fire  in Ankara, Turkey (CNS)

David Cameron asked to do more in response to ‘one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time’

Les Buissonnets, the childhood home of Léonie Martin and St Thérèse in Lisieux

Léonie Martin had a troubled childhood and was almost forgotten after her death

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience this morning (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pontiff urges fathers to ‘waste time’ playing with their offspring in his general audience address

Pope Francis (CNS)

Diego Neria Lejárraga wrote to Francis after being rejected by his parish, according to Spanish paper

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis’s message to the faithful released by the Vatican today

Sarah Teather MP (CNS)

The Liberal Democrat MP is stepping down from Parliament in May

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope praises ‘beautiful work of mothers and grandmothers’ during Mass

Refugees sit outside St Joseph's Chaldean Catholic Church in Ankawa, Iraq (CNS)

Pope highlights plight of persecuted Christians in homily for Vespers in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls