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Statues of saints overlook St Peter’s Square as the sun sets (CNS)

No, the Jesuits didn’t start World War I

We laugh at ludicrous anti-Catholic conspiracies. But we underestimate how many minds they poison, thanks to the latest developments in digital technology

The US Supreme Court building in Washington (CNS)

The court has accepted petitions from Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio

Manny Pacquiao prays following his split decision loss to Timothy Bradley in June 2012

Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao’s embracing of Protestantism means the Catholic Church in the Philippines has a fight on its hands

Police officers stand by a memorial for their murdered colleagues (CNS)

Two police officers were shot dead in New York on Saturday

Emer McCarthy interviewing Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto for Vatican Radio (CNS)

Millions of people rely on a broadcaster that has shown it can move nimbly with the times

Protesters face police gear during a rally for Michael Brown in Ferguson (CNS)

Archbishop Robert J Carlson calls on protesters to turn away from violence

Pope Francis wipes his eyes at the start of the morning session of the synod yesterday (CNS)

There is good reason to discuss what can be done pastorally within the context of doctrinal truth

Alice and Jeff Heinzen arrive for the morning session of the synod (CNS)

‘Fundamental truth that marriage is a divine gift from God must be shared’, say US couple

A prayer card promoting the canonisation cause of Father Augustus Tolton (CNS)

Cardinal George closed the investigation into the life and virtues of Father Augustus Tolton on September 29

President Obama at the White House last night Below: A video of his address

US president lays out strategy for combating ISIS advance