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A file photo of a damaged convent north of Damascus (AP)

Attacker blew himself up outside the Greek Orthodox Virgin Mary church

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: concerned about American democracy (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Archbishop says ruling on California’s marriage act undermines the law

The Pope preaches at a Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Authentic Christian life can only be built on Jesus, Pontiff says at morning Mass

The Comprehensive Spending Review plans to cap welfare expenditure (PA)

Britain’s unemployed may have to wait for a week before they can claim benefits

The Pope greets Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow (fotografiafelici.com)

Poor children use the charity’s blue mug to collect their daily meal

Protesters outside the Dublin parliament earlier this year (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Former residents of Church-run institutions will not have to prove hardship

European Union flags wave in Brussels (AP)

The EU has adopted new guidelines on promoting religious freedom

Protesters outside the Supreme Court building in Washington earlier this year (CNS)

DOMA ruled unconstitutional while initiative barring same-sex marriage in California sent to lower courts

Pope Francis spoke of "pastoral paternity" during his morning homily Photos: CNS

Pope Francis has said there is ‘something missing’ in men who do not want to be fathers

Archbishop Tartaglia Photo: CNS

Archbishop Tartaglia will receive the pallium on Saturday during Mass at St Peter’s Basilica