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Mourners line the altar rail to receive Communion during the funeral of Thomas Hooker (CNS photo/Christina Gray, Catholic San Francisco)

Thomas Hooker prayed in the church every day and was hailed as a ‘kind and friendly soul’

An Egyptian municipal worker cleans debris from clashes in front of the Coptic cathedral in Cairo, Egypt in 2013 (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Islamists attacked a village after reports that Christians intended to build a church

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane: 'We can’t just put up a sign saying business as usual' (CNS)

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Daniel and Amy McArthur, who were fined after refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan, outside Belfast County Court (PA)

The Respublica report suggests a ‘reasonable accommodation’ clause to protect employees’ freedom

Pope Francis touches a rosary during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 30 (CNS)

The Pope spoke about World AIDS Day at his general audience

Pope Francis has an audience with the participants of a pilgrimage of French politicians from the Rhone-Alpes region (AP)

France’s diversity should be regarded as an opportunity to build a better world, Francis said

Money can be used to help those in places like southern Africa which are experiencing drought (AP)

The leaders said that additional funding will help respond to crises ‘that don’t make the headlines’

Ampleforth Abbey in 2016

The home of the largest Benedictine monastic community in Britain has been given a fundraising boost for urgent repairs to preserve historic church

The Mass was allegedly touted as the opening of the mayoral candidates campaigns (AP)

The priest faces a fine for blessing mayoral candidates at a Mass

Lithuanian Archbishop Gintaras Grusas in 2013 (CNS)

Archbishop Gintaras Grusas said that Lithuanians felt reassured by NATO support