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Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem in Bethlehem (CNS)

Lt Muath Kasasbeh is the first soldier serving with the US-led coalition fighting ISIS to be held by the terrorists

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass on the feast of the Epiphany in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope delivers homily during Mass to mark the feast of the Epiphany

Epiphany is celebrated by Bulgaian Christians today (PA)

Weekday Holy Days a rarity in 2015

Change by Bishops’ Conference leaves weekdays empty until Christmas

Pope Francis with US President Barack Obama (CNS)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin also suggested Francis will go to UN during September trip

The lights on the Cologne cathedral go out during Monday's Pegida rally (PA)

Monday’s marches are the latest in a series of demonstrations organised by protest group Pegida

Cardinal-designate Edoardo Menichelli Below: and Cardinal-designate John Dew, right, with Archbishop Timothy Costelloe of Perth (CNS)

Francis refused to accept the cardinal-designate’s letter of resignation in October

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis used his Sunday Angelus address to continue the reflection he began on New Year’s Day

Former Catholic Herald editor Desmond Fisher, who passed away last week       (

He covered Second Vatican Council during his time in charge of the paper

Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

Pope Francis named 15 cardinal electors from 14 different countries

Francis met Syriac Christians during his recent visit to Turkey (CNS)

Turkish government gives go-ahead to Syriac church in Istanbul