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Vietnam's ruling Communist Party held a congress in Hanoi last year in which Nguyen Phu Trong was elected leader (Photo: PA)

Meeting comes as restrictions on Catholics in some parts of Vietnam are being eased

St Marianne Cope is pictured in a photograph from around 1883 (Photo: CNS)

St Marianne Cope (January 23) insisted on the highest standards of hygiene and on patients’ rights

Wm Paul Young blogpic

Author Wm Paul Young tells Will Gore that his international bestseller The Shack was born out of a wrenching personal crisis

Second Sunday of the Year: Is 62:1-5; Ps 96; 1 Cor 12:4-11; Jn 2:1-11

Daily readings: January 20 – 26

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Bishop Hlib Borys Sviatoslav Lonchyna (CNS)

Pope Benedict has raised the Ukranian Apostolic Exarchate to the new rank of Eparchy

French troops stand guard about 40 km outside Segou (Photo: PA)

Bishop Traore, whose diocese is on the frontline of the conflict, says people are too scared to enter churches

Animals pay a visit to St Peter’s Square

Horses, cows, rabbits and peacocks were among the species present for the traditional blessing of St Anthony at St Peter’s Square

January 18 2013

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The Government recorded that 582 abortions were performed on unborn babies with Down's Syndrome in 2010 (Photo: PA)

Hundreds more children with Down’s Syndrome may be being aborted each year than figures show