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The Oregon State Capitol. The statue is known as the Oregon Pioneer (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Deaths by assisted suicide in Oregon rose by 44 per cent in a year

Marine Le Pen's Front National came top of last year's polls (PA)

Commission of bishops compares the rise to the kind of politics that preceded the two world wars

Ukrainian soliders near Debaltseve, which was this week captured by pro-Russian forces (CNS)

The meeting in Rome follows strong criticism from Ukrainians of Francis’s portrayal of the conflict

At Mass, Pope Francis said, people should feel the wonder and allure 'that the apostles felt when they were called, invited' (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis also admits being told off by Cardinal Ratzinger after preparing Vatican document

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier (CNS)

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Benedict XVI sits with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone while on holiday in Les Combes in the Alps. The picture was taken during Benedict XVI's pontificate (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal also defends ‘lavish’ 80th birthday dinner, saying there were no truffles

Cologne: richer than Rome  (PA)

Cologne diocese published its 2013 accounts yesterday, showing that it has assets of €3.35 billion

Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham (CNS)

Patriarch Laham says the Middle East is suffering a ‘Way of the Cross’ in Lenten message

Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at  Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome (Photo: CNS)

Francis says crying will make Lenten journey ‘more authentic and without hypocrisy’

Cologne Cathedral in Germany (AP)

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