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Pro-lifers won the vote in Brussels yesterday

Plan to make abortion a human right sent back to committee

Pope Francis kisses Mattia, a 6-month-old child, as he leaves after his weekly General Audience (PA)

Pope Francis urged Catholics to have a deep and real friendship with Christ at his Wednesday morning audience

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg

A priest whom Bishop Tebartz-van Elst had selected as his vicar general will administer the diocese in his absence, the Vatican said

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

Archbishop Müller says case for the admission of remarried divorcees to the sacraments ‘misses the mark’

A nun runs in the relay race on the road leading to St Peter's Square (CNS)

Seminarians, Olympians and children take part in relay organised by Pontifical Council for Culture

The Archdiocese of Birmingham has sold St Peter's to the local Muslim community

St Peter’s Catholic church in Cobridge will be used as a mosque following its sale

Kenneth F Hackett, new US ambassador to the Holy See,  presents his credentials to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Kenneth F Hackett fills diplomatic post that has been empty for a year

Pope Francis greets members of the Lutheran World Federation (Photo: CNS)

Pope says the two sides must ‘confront the historical reality of the Reformation’

Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Dolan at the Al Smith Dinner (AP)

Cardinal roars with laughter as Stephen Colbert calls him a ‘flamboyant Zorro’

Pope Francis (AP)

Catholic media professions can ‘read reality in a spiritual key’, Francis says