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Fiona Bruce MP

Fiona Bruce reacts angrily to claims by BPAS that a ban will encourage men to batter their pregnant wives and girlfriends

Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ

Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ was abducted by Taliban gunmen in June last year

Pope Francis and Chancellor Merkel met in the Vatican on Saturday (PA)

The German chancellor traveled to the Vatican to discuss the upcoming G7 summit with the Pope

Women pray during a mass lead by Pope Tawadros II last week (PA)

The names of the martyrs will be entered into the Church’s calendar, Pope Tawadros II has announced

Steven Woolfe said that the party stood for Judeo-Christian values and patriotism (PA)

‘Aquinas teaches that patriotism is a virtue’, says north-west MEP

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at Santa Sabina in Rome (AP)

Pontiff says faithful must observe both the commandment to love God and to love neighbour

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, of San Francisco (AP/Patrick Semansky)

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone responds to criticism of sexual morality clauses in teachers’ handbooks

Pope Francis appeared to urge the bishops not to be drawn too deeply into politics (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis says the conflict has caused ‘great suffering to the entire population’

The Oregon State Capitol. The statue is known as the Oregon Pioneer (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Deaths by assisted suicide in Oregon rose by 44 per cent in a year