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John Kerry is the first Catholic US Secretary of State since Edmund Muskie (AP)

US secretary of state discusses issues including the Middle East and Obama’s healthcare reforms

Bishop Richard E Pates of Des Moines, Iowa (CNS) Below: Bishops' delegation enters Gaza (Mazur)

Bishops from US, canada and Europe visit the troubled area’s tiny Christian community

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks down a street in Aleppo (AP)

Recommendations will be offered to those taking part in ‘Geneva 2’ peace talks

Pope was given the Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide in June

Sale will raise funds for soup kitchen in Rome

Ukrainian Catholic leader Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk (CNS)

UGCC not directly involved in politics, says Major Archbishop Shevchuk

Barry and Margaret Mizen

Father of murdered schoolboy on being named in the New Year’s Honours List and his quest to keep his son’s memory alive

Pope Francis poses with the ambassadors to the Holy See (Photo: CNS)

Pope made the comment during his ‘state of the world’ address to the diplomatic corps

From the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis has reached out to the disabled (PA)

Pope Francis has pledged his support towards making Church buildings more accessible for the disabled

Pope Francis greets an infant at a Mass on the Baptism of the Lord (Photo: CNS)

Francis made the remark during a Mass in which he baptised 32 babies

Archbishop Vincent Nichols (Mazur)

Francis makes announcement during Angelus address