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Police officers stand guard in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral on Tuesday (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Historian shot himself in apparent protest at gay marriage

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae  (CNS)

Pope calls on faithful to join him in prayer

Pope Francis greets a family during Pentecost Sunday Mass (AP)

Holy Father urges faithful to ‘strike out on new paths’

Catholic ordinations have been in steady decline for decades (CNS)

New statistics show marked decline from 1960s

Cardinal Ravasi (CNS)

Venice debut prompted by Church’s wish to engage with contemporary artists

Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

Bishop Mark Davies issues warning in homily to Union of Catholic Mothers

Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Mazur)

Archbishop Nichols and Archbishop Smith say the Bill is ‘far more profound than it first appears’

Stonewall's material is being used in classrooms across the country Photo: PA

Campaigners have expressed concern that the school invited the gay rights group to offer staff training

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop of Boston accuses Enda Kenny of “aggressively promoting abortion legislation”

Pope Francis greets Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos during the canonisation Mass on Sunday (Photo: CNS)

First Colombian saint and more than 800 Italian martyrs recognised by Pope Francis