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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’

Cardinal Vincent Nichols  talks with Pope Francis as they arrive for the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops (CNS)

505 lay people have written to the Catholic Herald in support of their priests

Bottles of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 (Photo: PA)

The clinic, which specialises in early abortions, will offer ‘warm teas [and] comfortable robes’

One of the numerous hostels provided by the Catholic Church for illegal immigrants. This one is in Los Angeles (CNS)

Charities providing help to immigrant children must provide contraception to youngsters, according to government regulations

Vice President Joe Biden introduces Barack Obama during the Easter prayer breakfast (Photo: CNS)

The US president looked ahead to papal visit in address to Christian leaders from across the country

Christians who fled unrest in Syria and Iraq at a February protest in Beirut (CNS)

Catholic patriarchs have used their Easter messages to speak out over the suffering of Christians in Syria and Iraq