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Pope Francis touches a statue of Mary before meeting with clergy, religious men and women, and seminarians at the El Quinche Marian Shrine in Quito, Ecuador (Photo: CNS)

At Ecuador’s national Marian shrine Pope Francis urges clergy: ‘Do not deny your roots’

Bishop Hudson, left, and Cardinal Nichols at the press conference (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Cardinal Nichols launches appeal for every parish to set up an evangelisation team

Francis may make a brief appearance on the West Front of the US Capitol (AP)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Aleppo [PA]

The operation took place over two months and amid great secrecy

George Osborne: bare-faced cheek (PA)

CSAN have responded with criticism to today’s budget announcement by George Osborne

Pope Francis meets with the faithful during his visit to the Catholic University in Quito, Ecuador (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Francis addressed an outdoor meeting at the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador

Florida Gov. Rick Scott [AP]

More than two dozen states having waiting periods, including Florida’s neighboring states of Georgia and Alabama

Pope Francis in the popemobile in Papa Road

An online video game features the Pope driving through the streets of Asuncion

Cardinal George Pell (CNS)

The cardinal said the culture wars are entering a new phase which can only be fought by lay people

Archbishop Peter Smith (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Archbishop Peter Smith has released a statement warning of the dangers of changing the law