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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

Durant police surround Rodney Earl Sanders after his initial appearance in municipal court where he was charged with two counts of capital murder in the slayings of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The nuns’ order has said it opposes the death penalty and said the sisters’ murders do ‘not demand revenge’

Sister Margaret Held, 68, a member of the School Sisters of St Francis in Milwaukee, and Sister Paula Merrill, 68, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky (CNS)

A man has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the killing of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill

Bishop Farrell heads the new dicastery (CNS)

The Pope reaches out to America

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The appointment of Bishop Farrell suggests the Pope wants the Church in the US to move away from confrontation and towards dialogue

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley processes into the World Youth Day opening Mass in Krakow (CNS)

New Bishop of Memphis appointed by Pope

Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley of Washington will replace Bishop J Terry Steib

New Mexico Gov Susana Martinez (CNS)

Republican Gov Susana Martinez said she will push for reinstatement during the 2017 legislative session

US Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky greets fans at Dulles International Airport  (CNS)

Katie Ledecky, who prays before races, won four gold medals and one silver at the Games

Young adults carry the cross during Stations of the Cross at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington  (CNS)

Kraków in the Capital was celebrated on the campus of The Catholic University of America

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up as on the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland (AP)

Hispanic Catholics are solidly behind Hilary Clinton but white members of the faithful are split on whether to support her or her Republican rival

Linyi Cao, a graduate student studying economics at Washington University in St Louis, hunts for Pokemon Go stops around his neighbourhood  (CNS)

In its first week, the mobile phone game attracted nearly 21 million users