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St John's Cathedral, Salford (Mazur/

Bishop Arnold has says Salford parishes may be cut from 150 to 75 due to a lack of priests and a declining Catholic population

The moment Pope Francis kissed baby Gianna (CBS Philadephia)

Gianna Masciantoni was kissed by the Pontiff during his visit to Philadelphia in September

Pope Francis will begin his visit to Africa on Wednesday (CNS)

Pope Francis has released video messages ahead of his visit to Central African Republic, Kenya and Uganda

A shot from the Church of England advert

Church of England angered by decision to refuse to show advert promoting prayer website prior to new Star Wars film

Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of Avarice (AP)

Two journalists and a monsignor among those charged after leaks lead to accusations of financial malpractice in the Vatican

Bombs lie near a Russian war plane at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria (Photo: AP)

Patriarch Younan says the West have abandoned Christians in Syria

Soldiers at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali (AP)

Francis leaves on Wednesday for a six-day trip to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Christopher claims he was told to remove his rosary at school

School in Florida says the rosary violated the dress code

The Christmas tree is positioned in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

An 82ft Bavarian fir tree is already in place ready to mark the beginning of the Holy Year