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Fr Michael Perry will serve a six-year term as head of the Franciscans (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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The ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, now under Islamic State control (Photo: CNS)

Islamic State militants have been pushed back from villages dotting the Khabur River

Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo prepares to pour Spencer ale (CNS)

Two members spent six months learning the art in Belgium

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Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (Photo: CNS)

The cardinal strongly denies allegations heard by the Royal Commission in Australia

Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke about the 'new climate economy' at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (CNS)

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

Bishop Sherrington said society needed to accept the reality of death (© Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishop John Sherrington said that society needed to face the reality of death

Pope Francis spoke about families today (PA)

Pope Francis discussed the role of parents in educating children at today’s General Audience

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Bakery (PA)

Neil Addison said that he was surprised by the ruling in the Ashers Bakery case

Fr Lucie-Smith describes Facebook users as a congregation (PA)

Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith’s theory on social media’s religious divide is expressed in this week’s Catholic Herald