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Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg

A priest whom Bishop Tebartz-van Elst had selected as his vicar general will administer the diocese in his absence, the Vatican said

A gay rights activist  is kicked as he lies on the ground in front of Moscow 
City Hall

A wave of attacks on gay people is sweeping Russia. and local Church leaders, fearful of western influence, are not addressing it

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

Archbishop Müller says case for the admission of remarried divorcees to the sacraments ‘misses the mark’

A nun runs in the relay race on the road leading to St Peter's Square (CNS)

Seminarians, Olympians and children take part in relay organised by Pontifical Council for Culture

The Archdiocese of Birmingham has sold St Peter's to the local Muslim community

St Peter’s Catholic church in Cobridge will be used as a mosque following its sale

Kenneth F Hackett, new US ambassador to the Holy See,  presents his credentials to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Kenneth F Hackett fills diplomatic post that has been empty for a year

Pope Francis greets members of the Lutheran World Federation (Photo: CNS)

Pope says the two sides must ‘confront the historical reality of the Reformation’

Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Dolan at the Al Smith Dinner (AP)

Cardinal roars with laughter as Stephen Colbert calls him a ‘flamboyant Zorro’

Pope Francis (AP)

Catholic media professions can ‘read reality in a spiritual key’, Francis says

Cardinal Tagle has asked for forgiveness on behalf of the Church (CNS)

During a conference today Cardinal Tagle asked non Catholics for forgiveness