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The Pope preaches at a Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Authentic Christian life can only be built on Jesus, Pontiff says at morning Mass

The imposing statue of St Peter outside St Peter’s Basilica (CNS)

St Peter the Apostle (June 29) was the first Bishop of Rome

A commentary on this Sunday’s readings

Daily readings: June 30-July 6

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Comprehensive Spending Review plans to cap welfare expenditure (PA)

Britain’s unemployed may have to wait for a week before they can claim benefits

The Pope greets Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow (

Poor children use the charity’s blue mug to collect their daily meal

Protesters outside the Dublin parliament earlier this year (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Former residents of Church-run institutions will not have to prove hardship

European Union flags wave in Brussels (AP)

The EU has adopted new guidelines on promoting religious freedom

Protesters outside the Supreme Court building in Washington earlier this year (CNS)

DOMA ruled unconstitutional while initiative barring same-sex marriage in California sent to lower courts

Pope Francis spoke of "pastoral paternity" during his morning homily Photos: CNS

Pope Francis has said there is ‘something missing’ in men who do not want to be fathers