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Pope Francis greets New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Washington DC, New, York and Philadelphia during September visit to the US

Katy Perry (PA)

The US pop star is reportedly attempting to buy a hill-top convent Los Angeles

US President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis address the US Congress and the United Nations during upcoming visit

A man kneels in prayer in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston (AP)

No sanctuary from the slaughter

The massacre in Charleston garnered worldwide attention, yet the phenomenon of sacrilegious violence is global and growing

A sterilisation ward in Chhattisgarh. Four million Indian women are sterilised each year (AP)

First it was eugenics – now, under the guise of environmentalism, governments across the world are trying to force the poor and ‘culturally backward’ not to breed

Ron Paul (PA)

The libertarian politician is also a critic of ‘big government’ which withers away of the role of the individual

Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche of St Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St Paul in Minnesota is to leave his post

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Kosevo stadium in Sarajevo (CNS)

Francis’s great political journey

The Pope’s travels have so far been both pastoral and pious

Women walk past a statue of Archbishop John Carroll at Georgetown University in Washington DC (CNS)

Archbishop John Carroll had an extraordinary impact on American Catholicism

Pilgrims gather for Archbishop Oscar Romero's beatification Mass (CNS)

Note from the Pope is read out at beatification service on Saturday