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Evangelical Protestant preacher Pastor James McConnell outside Belfast Magistrates Court (PA)

Pastor James McConnell described Islam as ‘heathen’ and ‘Satanic’ in a sermon

Evacuees from besieged towns in Syria rest at Ebla Hotel in Damascus (CNS)

ISIS claimed responsibility for last month’s attack which killed 20 people and injured more than 40

The Shrine of St Augustine of Canterbury in Ramsgate (Wikipedia/Whn64)

The shrine in Ramsgate has been chosen as one of the select sites for a Holy Door

Irish soldiers taking part in an Easter Rising commemoration service in 2014 (PA)

As Ireland marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the country’s bishops have said there needs to be a renewed commitment to peace

Fr Dhiya Aziz

Fr Dhiya Aziz, who was reportedly captured by Islamists prior to Christmas, has now been released

Nine-year-old Syrian refugees at a camp in Jordan (AP)

Bishop Declan Lang will lead a delegation of bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America later this month

A MOAS rescuer helps a child after a refugee boat capsized off a remote Greek island. Credit: Robert Young Pelton / MOAS.EU @2016

A two-year old became the first refugee to drown in 2016, as a migrant dinghy capsized while crossing the Aegean Sea

The Passion of Jesus  performed by the Wintershall Players in Trafalgar Square (PA)

Sir Jack Stewart-Clark will take a dramatisation of the last days of Christ to one of Italy’s biggest prisons

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of the St Mary Major's Basilica in Rome (AP)

‘Let us pass through the Holy Door of Mercy knowing the Virgin Mary is at our side,’ the Pope said

President Abbas greets the Pope at the conclusion of the canonisation Mass (CNS)

The Holy See has announced that its ‘comprehensive agreement’ with the ‘State of Palestine’ has now been put into effect