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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

Emergency workers at the site of an explosion at a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City (CNS)

Francis expresses solidarity with the victims of the explosion that left three dead 70 injured

Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Will Ukip get a foot in the door?

Nigel Farage’s ‘insurgent’ party is gaining a following among the faithful – much to the consternation of the bishops of England and Wales

Trappist Father Thomas Merton (CNS)

The Trappist who couldn’t be silenced

Thomas Merton was funny, daring and loquacious. That got him into trouble with the Church authorities, but it didn’t stop him becoming a great modern spiritual guide

Statues of saints overlook St Peter’s Square as the sun sets (CNS)

No, the Jesuits didn’t start World War I

We laugh at ludicrous anti-Catholic conspiracies. But we underestimate how many minds they poison, thanks to the latest developments in digital technology

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and David Cameron at last year's Holocaust Memorial Day (AP)

That Britain might not be safe for Jews is a truly disturbing thought

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI audience hall (PA)

Pope says it gave him ‘consolation and hope’ to see so many large families during papal visit to South Asia

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Manila (CNS)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has reiterated Francis’s ‘spiritual and missionary message’

Pope Francis releases a dove in Madhu (PA)

Pope Francis was speaking at the the Church of Our Lady of Madhu in Sri Lanka