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Pastor James McConnell surrounded by Christian supporters after appearing at Belfast magistrates court  (Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire)

Fr Patrick McCafferty joins a London imam in defending right of firebrand preacher

Pope Francis with Benedict XVI (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica will be opened on Tuesday morning

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis told the faithful in St Peter’s that ‘every effort should be made to mitigate the impact of climate change’

A Christmas tree frames Pope Francis as he delivers his Angelus address (AP)

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Cardinal Wuerl celebrates Mass in San Pietro in Vincoli Basilica in Rome (AP)

Cardinal Wuerl says politicians, the media and even Christians have remained silent about persecution of the faithful

A small memorial is set up across from the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino (James Quigg/The Victor Valley Daily Press via AP)

Wednesday’s massacre left 14 dead

Pope Francis is presented with the Book of Gospels (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

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A crop of the graffiti art next to Brentwood Cathedral

Artwork spells out ‘Merciful’ on a bare wall by Brentwood cathedral

Cardinal Raymond Burke (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Burke tells Mass of Ages quarterly that Catholics should be ‘very concerned’

Cardinals venerate a crucifix during the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion on Good Friday in St Peter's Basilica  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Traditionalist movement responds to request by bishops of England and Wales for 2008 prayer to be revised