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Women pray during a Mass at the Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki (CNS)

Pope speaks to bishops after celebrations in Japan marked the 150th anniversary of a group of ‘hidden Christians’ openly professing their faith

A student tapes her mouth shut during a  candlelight vigil for the elderly nun attacked last week (CNS)

The attack took place after a group of masked men broke into the Jesus and Mary Congregation convent on Friday night

Pope Francis (CNS)

Thanks to his unassuming personality and popularity, the Pontiff has a golden opportunity to change hearts and minds with a papal visit

Nigel Farage said the children of migrants should be barred from state education for five years (PA)

Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Lynch criticises Ukip leader for suggesting immigrants should pay to educate their children

Pakistanis light candles during a vigil for the victims of a suicide bombing attack on churches (PA)

Christians across Pakistan took to the streets to protest after the latest deadly attacks

A scene from Shades of Truth, featuring Pius XII wearing a yellow Star of David

L’Osservatore Romano says Shades of Truth is ‘naïve’ and lacks credibility

Many exploring Catholicism find the doors of our churches closed to them (CNS)

Unlocking the secret to evangelisation

Your parish may have an impressive liturgy, solid teaching and an inspiring outreach to the poor, but still be missing something vital

'The bishops’ 2015 letter the letter is of use to all voters – not just Catholics – in casting their votes this May' (PA)

The bishops’ 2015 letter reminds the reader that there is a moral obligation on all voters to exercise their franchise

Actor Mark Rylance inspects the First Folio with Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, the head of higher education at the  Globe, Francois Decoster, the mayor of Saint-Omer, and Dr Remy Cordonnier, the head of the ancient books collection at Saint-Omer public library (PA)

A recently discovered First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays will be exhibited next year at the Globe Theatre

Pope Francis (PA)

Pope Francis invited to visit Scotland

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland issued invite during Vatican meeting