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A scene from Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, filmed near Lake Toba in Indonesia

The best films of 2013

Executioners in Indonesia, astronauts adrift in space and a writer blocked in Rome have helped make 2013 a memorable year for film lovers

An injured boy rests at a medical clinic inside the UN compound on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan (CNS)

Bishops ‘condemn reports that refer to the violence as conflict between tribes’

The heir to the throne said that Christmas reminds us to love our neighbour (PA)

Prince Charles has said Christians are being targeted by Islamist militants

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard (CNS)

‘I hope the political class will be persuaded to reflect,’ says Archbishop Leonard

Archbishop Vincent 
Nichols (Photo: Mazur/

‘It is a privilege to assist in the important task of appointing bishops,’ said the Archbishop of Westminster

Pope Francis is presented with a gift by Matias Lammens, president of San Lorenzo in St Peter's Square, earlier this year Below: The Pope meets three homeless men at the Vatican on the morning of his birthday (CNS)

Pontiff has breakfast with group of homeless people on the morning of his 77th birthday

Pope Francis also said that he is not offended when some people call him a Marxist (CNS)

Pope Francis has said that women must not be “clericalised”

The Queen Fabiola Children's Hospital in Brussels (PA)

The senate voted 50-17 in favour of the legislation

The Lord spoke to Elijah in the sound of silence Pope Francis said (CNS)

Love and tenderness is at the heart of the Christmas season, Pope Francis said

Police surround Christian demonstrators during march for rights for low-caste Christians (CNS)

Archbishop Couto was among 6 Catholic bishops detained during a Wednesday protest