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Demonstrations against the Austrian government's planned re-introduction of border controls at the Brenner Pass  (CNS)

Bishop Ägidius Zsfikovics said he understood people’s concerns, but the Christian answer could not be fences and walls

St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna (PA)

In 2016 more than half of converts in Vienna were Muslim, according to reports

A group of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan walk along the frozen route from the border between Serbia and Macedonia to a temporary camp for migrants (Photo: CNS)

We cannot let borders be closed to suffering people, says Bishop of Trier

Pope Francis will visit the Great Synagogue of Rome on January 17 (AP)

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The Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula,  co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels

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Police stand in front of a truck on the highway A4, Austria (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn calls for Europe to be united – asking for ‘courageous decisions’ on the plight of refugees

A 'Taefeli-Meedli' , a woman dressed in traditional clothes takes part at a Corpus Christi procession in the Swiss city of Appenzell. AP Photo/Keystone/Ennio Leanza

The feast day often sees church-goers dress in traditional attire as they process through the streets

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for a meeting with altar servers in St Peter's Square on Tuesday Below: Pope Francis holds hands with youths during the meeting (CNS)

Pope Francis speaks German to thousands of young pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

A selection of images from Paul Koudounaris’s new book, Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures & Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (Photo: CNS)

Over the next decade the archdiocese will merge 660 parishes into 150, each one served by three to five priests