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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

Pope Francis celebrates morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

The Pope wrote to Buenos Aires bishops about their proposed guidelines for priests following Amoris Laetitia

Visitors walk past the US Supreme Court building in Washington DC (CNS)

The bishops said the rights of people with religious objections to contraception should be protected

A laboratory director inspects the microinjection of sperm into an egg cell using a microscope in 2011 at a vitro fertilization clinic in Leipzig, Germany. (CNS photo/Waltraud Grubitzsch, EPA)

The National Institutes of Health plan to lift ban on research funds for part-human, part-animal embryos

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