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Archbishop Vincent Nichols and the Rt Rev Richard Chartres praying together (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Meeting marks launch of society promoting a greater understanding of British martyrs

Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X and Cardinal Bechara Rai, talk in Bkerke, the Maronite patriarchate north of Beirut

Cardinal Bechara Rai has appealed for help to find two kidnapped Syrian bishops and three priests

Pro-lifers won the vote in Brussels yesterday

Plan to make abortion a human right sent back to committee

Pope Francis kisses Mattia, a 6-month-old child, as he leaves after his weekly General Audience (PA)

Pope Francis urged Catholics to have a deep and real friendship with Christ at his Wednesday morning audience

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg

A priest whom Bishop Tebartz-van Elst had selected as his vicar general will administer the diocese in his absence, the Vatican said

A gay rights activist  is kicked as he lies on the ground in front of Moscow 
City Hall

A wave of attacks on gay people is sweeping Russia. and local Church leaders, fearful of western influence, are not addressing it

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

Archbishop Müller says case for the admission of remarried divorcees to the sacraments ‘misses the mark’

A nun runs in the relay race on the road leading to St Peter's Square (CNS)

Seminarians, Olympians and children take part in relay organised by Pontifical Council for Culture

The Archdiocese of Birmingham has sold St Peter's to the local Muslim community

St Peter’s Catholic church in Cobridge will be used as a mosque following its sale

Kenneth F Hackett, new US ambassador to the Holy See,  presents his credentials to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican (CNS)

Kenneth F Hackett fills diplomatic post that has been empty for a year