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Pope Francis (CNS)

7,000 dancers plan to tango in Rome for Francis’s 78th birthday.

An Olympic venue? (CNS)

St Peter’s Square could be Olympics venue

Archery may be held in Vatican if Rome wins 2024 Olympics bid

A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia (PA)

Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary’s Cathedral, close to where Monday’s siege took place

Sister Agnes Mary Donovan, coordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, shakes hands with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi at Tuesday's press conference (CNS)

US women religious welcome Vatican report

Apostolic visitation report marks a new beginning for women religious, sisters say

The main entrance to the Supreme Court (PA)

Supreme Court rules against Glasgow midwives

The court has rejected the case of Mary Doogan and Connie Wood who refused to be involved with abortion procedures

Copies of the final report of a Vatican-ordered investigation of US communities of women religious (CNS)

Cardinal wants ‘self-assessment’ sparked by visitation to continue

Pakistani volunteers carry a student injured in the shootout at a school under attack by Taliban gunmen (PA)

Catholic Church has joined the chorus of condemnation of the deadly attack by Taliban

Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius in Lithuania (CNS)

‘We’re in the front line, and Russia has made its intentions clear,’ says Archbishop of Vilnius

Hundreds of people left flowers at a makeshift memorial in Sydney (PA)

Archbishop Fisher speaks at memorial service after two hostages killed in deadly end to Sydney siege

Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz speaks as Sister Sharon Holland, president of the LCWR, and Sister Agnes Mary Donovan, co-ordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, listen during a the press conference for the release of the report (CNS)

Report of investigation into US communities of women religious released