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Catholics pray outside the Texas state Capitol in Austin, Texas (CNS)

The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked Texas from enforcing new requirements on abortion clinics

Pope Francis meets Benedict XVI, at the Vatican, yesterday (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

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ope Francis attends a meeting with members of International Council of Christian and Jews (CNS)

Francis met participants of an international conference organised by the International Council of Christians and Jews

Francis greeting Benedict XVI in St Peter's Square last September (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis has reduced his schedule for the summer months

Pope Francis has  established a new Secretariat for Communications (CNS)

Pope Francis said that the Holy See would respond more effectively to the needs of the Church

US President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis address the US Congress and the United Nations during upcoming visit

Catholics in the Philippines greet Pope Francis during his visit to the country (CNS)

A presidential official has said that same-sex marriage by Filipinos in a foreign country will not be recognised in the Philippines.

Archbishops Anthony Fisher of Sydney and Blase Cupich of Chicago, centre, exchange the sign of peace during  Mass (CNS)

46 new archbishops representing 34 different countries concelebrated Mass with Francis in St Peter’s Basilica

Masses at the national shrine of Walsingham will be streamed online (Mazur/Flickr)

The national shrine wants to upgrade its buildings and increase its role in the Church

Pope Francis on board a flight to Sri Lanka (CNS)

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