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Cardinal Bechara Rai (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Maronite Catholic patriarch briefs ambassadors on Middle East crisis

Cardinal Francis George died on Friday, aged 78 (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Former Archbishop of Chicago was known as the ‘American Ratzinger’ because of his intellectual gifts

The Oratory school is heavily oversubscribed

High Court overturns ruling by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator

In 2013, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled Saguenay could keep its prayer tradition, but the Supreme Court of Canada reversed that ruling (PA)

In the name of neutrality of state, nine judges agreed that prayers should not be allowed at council meetings anymore

150 candles are placed in the Cologne Cathedral memory of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash last month in the French Alps (PA)

Around 1400 people attended a memorial service for the victims of the Germanwings flight which crashed in the Alps in March

A nun waves a Vatican flag while attending Mass with St John Paul II in Havana in 1998

Francis considering visit to island during America trip

A woman waits to disembark from an Italian Navy vessel in the harbour of Reggio Calabria, southern Italy earlier this week (AP)

Police in Sicily say 12 Christians are feared dead after altercation occurred during crossing from Libya

People attend a memorial vigil in Nairobi, Kenya, earlier this month for the 147 people killed in an attack on Garissa University College (CNS)

Francis met Kenyan bishops at the Vatican and urged them to promote peace, dialogue and justice.

Bolivian president Evo Morales meets Pope Francis at the Vatican in September 2013 (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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Pope Francis meets representatives of Leadership Conference of Women Religious at Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

LCWR leaders met Pope Francis today as the Vatican announced the conclusion of the process