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Sisters of Elias Wardini, a Lebanese man killed in a gun attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, mourn during his funeral Mass at the Church of Our Lady in Beirut (CNS photo/Nabil Mounzer, EPA)

Bishop Tierrablanca said police had stepped up security at churches since last year’s coup attempt

St Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey, said it was following guidelines from the US bishops' conference (Photo: PA)

The lawsuit comes amid fears that Catholic hospitals may be forced to carry out abortions and gender reassignment surgery

Pope Francis prays as he visits the earthquake-ravaged town of Amatrice, Italy, in August 2016 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis greeted thousands of Italian earthquake survivors at the Vatican

US House Speaker and Catholic Paul Ryan raises the gavel during the opening session of the new Congress on Capitol Hill. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

A third of the US Congress is Catholic

The proportion represents a rise in Catholics and a fall in the number of Protestants in recent decades

Pope Francis greets young people during his weekly audience  in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

Francis says that Rachel, in the book of Jeremiah, represents every mother throughout history who cries over ‘irreparable loss’

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the Society of St Pius X (CNS)

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The daughters of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi hold a photo of their mother outside their residence in Ittanwalai, Pakistan, in 2010 (CNS photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters)

Police in Lahore say they arrested 76 people seeking to reach the family residence of murdered governor Salman Taseer

US District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Wichita Falls (Google)

The judge rejected the regulation because plantiffs would be forced to violate their religious beliefs

Pope Francis (AP)

At his general audience, the Pope prayed for prisoners killed in recent riots in Brazil

A pro life campaigner hold a model of a human foetus

The question of what becomes of tissue left over from abortions and miscarriages is the latest legal battle over abortion in Texas