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A woman venerates a relic of St Padre Pio at the Immaculate Conception Church in Lowell (CNS)

The heart of the saint was taken to the Archdiocese of Boston, the first time the relic has left Italy

Arnold Palmer acknowledging the crowd on the 18th during the Champions Challenge at St Andrews, Fife, in 2015 (PA)

Archabbot Douglas Nowicki said prayers and blessed the golf legend shortly before he died

A Mexican flag adorned with black mourning ribbons (AP)

Fr Alejo Nabor Jimenez Juarez and Fr Jose Alfredo Juarez de la Cruz were dragged at gunpoint out of a church in Poza Rica

Fr Jose Luis Guerra, works with gang members, prays over a young man on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico (CNS)

Dozens of priests have either died or vanished without trace in the country in the past 25 years

A man reaches for the box containing the mortal remains of Padre Pio (AP)

It will be the first time the relic has left Italy

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori in 2013.  (AP)

The Archbishop of Baltimore defended religious freedom after a commitee chairman called it an ‘excuse for discrimination’

A memorial to unborn children is pictured outside a Catholic church in Alexandria, Virginia (CNS)

The faithful in America has embraced these memorials. Catholics in Britain should do the same

Visitors walk past the US Supreme Court building in Washington DC (CNS)

The bishops said the rights of people with religious objections to contraception should be protected

Pope Francis passes in front a portrait of Mother Teresa as he is driven through the crowd at the end of a canonisation ceremony (AP)

American pilgrims were amongst those delighted to celebrate Mother Teresa’s canonisation

Objectors to assisted suicide law (PA/Andrew Milligan)

Judge Daniel Ottolia said it would cause ‘additional pain’ for patients if the bill was put on hold