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Sister Sandra Amado, a Comboni sister from Brazil, teaches a class in 2012 at a teacher training institute in Yambio, South Sudan (CNS)

South Sudan bishop condemns attack on nuns

Five armed men assaulted and threatened religious sisters at a teacher training college

Visitors walk past the US Supreme Court building in Washington (CNS)

Margo Thelen and Rhonda Mesler have been battling the issue in court since 2007

The coffin of Gisela Mota, former mayor of Temixco, Mexico, is carried out of her home Jan. 3. Mota was killed Jan. 2, one day after taking oath of office.  (CNS photo/Margarito Perez, Reuters)

Bishop condemns murder of Mexican mayor

Bishop Ramon Castro of Cuernavaca celebrated the funeral Mass of Mayor Gisela Mota

Pope Francis video speaking online to a Salvadoran student in 2014 (CNS)

The monthly messages will feature Francis asking for prayers on various challenges facing the world

Evangelical Protestant preacher Pastor James McConnell outside Belfast Magistrates Court (PA)

Pastor James McConnell described Islam as ‘heathen’ and ‘Satanic’ in a sermon

Evacuees from besieged towns in Syria rest at Ebla Hotel in Damascus (CNS)

ISIS claimed responsibility for last month’s attack which killed 20 people and injured more than 40

The Shrine of St Augustine of Canterbury in Ramsgate (Wikipedia/Whn64)

The shrine in Ramsgate has been chosen as one of the select sites for a Holy Door

Irish soldiers taking part in an Easter Rising commemoration service in 2014 (PA)

As Ireland marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the country’s bishops have said there needs to be a renewed commitment to peace

Fr Dhiya Aziz

Fr Dhiya Aziz, who was reportedly captured by Islamists prior to Christmas, has now been released

Nine-year-old Syrian refugees at a camp in Jordan (AP)

Bishop Declan Lang will lead a delegation of bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America later this month