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Chinese Catholics pray during a 2014 Mass in Beijing (CNS)

Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi says ordinations are example of the government tightening its control over the Church.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims gathered for yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Pope Francis greets priests at the Paul VI hall in March (AP)

Pope sends message of support to Federation of Priestly Emergency Services

Ethiopian Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel of Addis Ababa (CNS)

Cardinal Souraphiel says synod will urge bishops’ conferences ‘to see that the teaching of the Gospel is inculturated’

Pope Francis, center, poses for a selfie this month in Rome  (PA)

Enthuiasm is running high ahead of the papal visit to the United States

Children paddle in water in Navotas City, Philippines. The developing world bears the brunt of climate change (CNS photo/Ritchie B. Tongo, EPA)

Thousands have signed a petition calling on governments to act on Francis’s encyclical

Sister Sharon Holland, pictured here with Sister Agnes Mary Donovan, coordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CNS)

A new era of communication has begun, however, says Sister Holland

Baroness Warsi with Pope Benedict XVI during the 2010 papal visit to Britain (AP Photo/Toby Melville, Pool)

The role will now be taken by a parliamentary under-secretary

A Christian woman who fled from the violence in Mosul a year ago holds her daughter as her baby sleeps CNS

Six French dioceses will be joined by churches in Switzerland to highlight persecution

St John Paul II's canonisation. (CNS)

Lanarkshire church is one of four that will receive vials