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Pictures of North Korean parishes displayed inside Myongdong Cathedral in Seoul (CNS photo/courtesy Archdiocese of Seoul)

The Korean peninsula is one of the regions in the world ‘that most need the mercy of God’, says Seoul cardinal

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has written a message to mark the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

A scene from Spotlight

Spotlight chronicles the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002

The casket of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee is carried into St Sabina Church (Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Tyshawn Lee was killed in alleged gang execution on November 2

A shot from the Amnesty campaign film

Amnesty International has launched a campaign calling for the decriminalisation of abortion in Ireland

Giles Fraser said that we must learn to worship in tents not temples (PA)

The Reformation with its attendant iconoclasm stripped England of much of its numinosity

Pope Francis arrives for the morning session of the synod on Tuesday (CNS)

In a surprise speech to the synod, Francis said the ‘Catholic doctrine on marriage has not been touched or put into question’

Newly married couples kneel as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

By the time young Catholics reach university so many are ill-equipped to relate their faith to their lives

By 2115, the priesthood may have undergone its most radical change for centuries (Mazur/

A century from now Catholics are likely to be the country’s largest Christian body. But the priesthood, the Mass and the laity may look startlingly different to today

St Peter's Square  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Corrine Barber, from Scotland, has been given a prognosis of five to twelve months to live