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Vatican Cardinal João Braz de Aviz signed the message from religious (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Nearly 1,300 religious meeting in Rome thank the suffering for ‘their witness of fidelity’

Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa, arrives for a session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family last October (CNS)

Cardinal Napier said reports that Cardinal Kasper was the ‘Pope’s theologian’ were worrying

The bishops' voting guidance will be read at every Mass in Scotland this weekend (PA)

In their election guidance the bishops criticise Catholic politicians who ‘remain silent’ over grave injustices

St John Church in Benwood, West Virginia (Photo: CNS)

St John church in West Virginia, built 140 years ago, was engulfed in a matter of minutes

Pope Francis greets Catholicos Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX of the Armenian Catholic Church (L'Osservatore Romano)

Francis laments that nations have ‘not yet reached a consensus on the reading of such sorrowful events’

Priests lay hands on candidates during their ordination at the Co-Cathedral of St Joseph in Brooklyn last June (Photo: CNS)

Nearly 600 Americans are expected to be ordained to the priesthood this year

Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of Juba, South Sudan (CNS)

Churches say rival leaders ‘can’t see a way out of the pit they have fallen into’

Displaced women sit outside tent at camp in Iraq (CNS)

Religious minorities are preparing to mark the 1915 genocide of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christians

Pope Francis said no sacrifice is too big for the sake of a child (CNS)

Pope says children are never a mistake

Pope Francis discussed the suffering of children at today’s general audience

Fr Patrick Cope met the Queen at a reception in Buckingham Palace

A priest had explained to her how nuns at the monastery prayed ‘for the Queen and England’