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Christians in Pakistan protest after a bomb attack in 2013. There is hope for a change in the country's blasphemy law (CNS)

Christians hope ‘black law’ will be amended to protect innocent victims

Marian processions, such as this one at the Vatican, have made a surprise comeback in England (CNS)

Procession has increased five times in size since its return

Pope Francis is expected to release his encyclical in June (CNS)

The title is taken from a prayer written by St Francis of Assisi

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

Spokesman for Vatican finance czar rejects ‘false and misleading claims’ in Australian news programme

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus address yesterday (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Archbishop Chaput greets Archbishop Paglia at the Vatican in March 2014 (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Investigation into Archbishop Paglia’s financial affairs ‘do not impact’ plans for September gathering

An man stands net to a burnt out United Nations truck in Mukoko, Democratic Republic of Congo (AP)

Six million have died from war and insecurity, say leaders from eastern South Kivu province

A man in Bujumbura, Burundi, holds a placard to protest the ruling party's decision to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third term in office (PA)

The Catholic bishops announced yesterday that the church would not be involved with monitoring the elections

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Sarajevo, where Pope Francis will visit (CNS)

Multi-faith choir will sing two decades after the war ended

Andy Burnham, the bookmaker's favourite, wants the Church to change its teaching (PA)

Andy Burnham says Francis must ‘bring the Church into the 21st century’