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Pope Francis made the decision in August (PA)

The commission will be examining how to simplify the annulment process

Alex Salmond, left, during the visit of Benedict XVI to Scotland in 2010 (Photo: PA)

In a letter the outgoing First Minister is described as ‘one of the most able politicians’ in British history

The Pope is driven through Mother Teresa Square, Tirana (AP)

Pontiff says nation stands out in world ‘where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted’

Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich of Chicago (AP)

Bishop Blase Cupich will succeed Cardinal Francis George as Archbishop of Chicago

The Vatican XI congratulate an Anglican XI player (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Archbishop of Canterbury presents trophy to victors of cricketing showdown

Bishop Anthony Fisher, coordinator of World Youth Day, right, volunteers at a "sausage sizzle" June 8 in Sydney, Australia.

Who is the man who will lead the Archdiocese of Sydney? Anna Arco’s 2008 interview with Bishop Anthony Fisher reminds us.

Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

Francis exhorts new bishops to ‘love the people that God has given you’

Pope Francis poses with cardinal advisers during a meeting at the Vatican  last year (CNS)

The so-called C9 held its sixth meeting earlier this week with Pope Francis at the Vatican

Scottish voters decided to maintain the 307-year union (Photo: AP).

Bishops’ conference praises ‘passionate and sometimes partisan debate’ and encourages Catholics to engage in politics