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Cardinal Bechara Rai tells UNESCO that Christians are ‘irreplaceable peacemakers’ and, without them, ‘Islam will fall into the hands of fundamentalists’

The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over whether states that bar same-sex marriage must recognise such unions

Shelter, water and sanitation top priorities as aid agencies try to help survivors of Saturday’s earthquake

The diocese of Leiria-Fátima says Francis’s visit will coincide with the centenary of the Apparitions of Fatima

President Pierre Nkurunziza says anyone opposed to his third term is ‘opposing the will of God’

Bishop John Wester replaces Archbishop Michael Sheehan, who has been head of the archdiocese since 1993

A ComRes survey also found that women were more pro-life then men on practically every issue considered

Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio says he is not happy with EU accord

The Pope expressed his closeness to the people of Nepal after Saturday’s disaster

Pope Francis presides over the ordinations of 19 priests for the diocese of Rome on Sunday at St Peter’s Basilica