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The Pope celebrates a Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Pontiff says ‘the Lord always chooses His way to enter into our lives’

A file photo of a damaged convent north of Damascus (AP)

Attacker blew himself up outside the Greek Orthodox Virgin Mary church

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone: concerned about American democracy (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Archbishop says ruling on California’s marriage act undermines the law

The Pope preaches at a Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae (CNS)

Authentic Christian life can only be built on Jesus, Pontiff says at morning Mass

The imposing statue of St Peter outside St Peter’s Basilica (CNS)

St Peter the Apostle (June 29) was the first Bishop of Rome

A commentary on this Sunday’s readings

Daily readings: June 30-July 6

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Comprehensive Spending Review plans to cap welfare expenditure (PA)

Britain’s unemployed may have to wait for a week before they can claim benefits

The Pope greets Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow (fotografiafelici.com)

Poor children use the charity’s blue mug to collect their daily meal

Protesters outside the Dublin parliament earlier this year (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Former residents of Church-run institutions will not have to prove hardship