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A supporter of physician assisted suicide outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 2005 (PA)

Prof William Toffler, a leading Oregon doctor, has said that ‘the sick and ageing deserve better’

BBC Broadcasting House (PA)

A public consultation found that religious programmes are the BBC’s least well received radio shows

Pope Francis greets the crowd from his popemobile, a Jeep Wrangler, as he arrives in Quito, Ecuador, in July (CNS)

Pope Francis will be driven through crowds in Washington, New York and Philadelphia next month

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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St. Clare of Assisi is depicted in a modern painting by Stephen B Whatley, an expressionist artist based in London. She founded the Poor Clares -- a contemplative order of nuns with 20,000 sisters around the globe. (CNS/Stephen B Whatley)

They began their celebrations last Tuesday on the Feast of St Clare

Pope Francis (CNS)

The hopeful presidential candidate made his remarks ahead of the Pope’s visit next month

Pope Francis (CNS)

St Charles Borromeo seminary are welcoming 20 men from Philadelphia this year

The monastery was originally built in the fourth century

Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monastery

A bulldozer destroys Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain (

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Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonne Nzapalainga, pays a visit to Internally Displaced Persons

Catholic, Protestant and Muslim work to bring peace and tolerance