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A French soldier patrols near a burning house at a village in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CNS)

Priests and nuns have remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.

Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Below: Cardinals-designate Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua, Nicaragua (CNS)

Francis opens two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals at the Vatican

Japanese women bow in prayer (CNS)

Japanese Catholics make up less than one percent of the country’s population

A pro-European Union protester throws an object during clashes with Ukrainian riot police in Kiev, Ukraine 
(CNS) : Photo below (CNS) Riot police stand near a crucifix as smoke rises above Independence Square: (CNS) A woman cries as she and others appeal to Ukrainian police troops at the site of clashes with protesters in Kiev

Church leaders have called for an end to violence in Ukraine

Archbishop Nichols will receive the red hat on Saturday (CNS)

Archbishop Nichols has said that the Church has much more work to do in order to prepare couples for marriage

The Institute for the Works of Religion, popularly known as the Vatican bank (CNS)

Council of Cardinals advise Francis on reform of Vatican bureaucracy

Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz (CNS)

Archbishop Kurtz and Archbishop Skurla confirmed to be joining leadership of Congregation

Bishop Mark Davies with Luke Coppen, editor of The Catholic Herald (Photo: Simon Caldwell)

Bishop says agreements would invite couples to prepare for divorce

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope renews Argentine passport

Argentine Embassy officials visit Francis at the Vatican

Pope Francis with his Council of Cardinals (CNS)

Council and Pontiff thought to be working on plans to reorganise Curia