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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (CNS)

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles was elected vice president

A woman in San Diego talks through a fence with children in Tijuana, Mexico (CNS)

‘A duty to welcome and protect newcomers, particularly refugees, is an integral part of our mission,’ the bishops said in a statement

People pray during Mass in Qingdao, China (CNS)

Fr Dong Guanhua offered to ordain others without the Pope’s mandate

Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis speaks at an October 10 news conference (CNS)

Archbishop John Myers has reached the retirement age of 75

The faithful gather in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference issued its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017

A village woman shows a picture of Guo Jincai after his ordination as bishop by the Chinese state church in 2010. According to reports, the bishop will soon be recognised by the Vatican (AP)

A breakthrough may be near in the long-running dispute between the Vatican and China

Opposition supporters in Kinshasa, Congo, chant slogans during a march to press Congolese President Joseph Kabila to step down (CNS)

Politicians in the country have agreed to move a planned election to April 2018

Archbishop Roger Schwietz (CNS)

Archbishop Roger Schwietz of Anchorage will be replaced by Bishop Paul Etienne of Cheyenne

Priest administers the sacrament of the sick to a man with HIV  (CNS/Barbara Fraser)

Bishops have issued pastoral guidelines for clergy dealing with Catholics who are considering euthanasia or assisted suicide

Cardinals are looking for ways to improve Bishop selection process (AP)

The Pope and the Council continue to discuss the process of identifying candidates for bishop roles