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A newborn baby's feet (PA Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre denounced “yet more destructive experimentation on human embryos”

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has discussed China’s role on the world stage during an interview with Asia Times at the Vatican

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe sits in Strasbourg, eastern France (AP)

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Pope Francis preaches at a morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae  (CNS)

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Mass at the Southern Cathedral, Beijing, on Christmas Eve (AP)

2015 has been even worse than previous year for persecution

Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea (AP)

The People’s Republic of North Korea is surely the nearest thing we have to an Orwellian totalitarian state

A detail from a portrait of Galieleo by an artist from the Italian school

Priest and theologian Paul Haffner sets out to refute the assumption that Christianity stands in opposition to scientific discoveries

The moon rises above a pair of crosses on the roof of Holy Trinity Church in Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province (AP)

Fr Pedro Yu Heping ran a popular Catholic website in China

Chen Guangcheng (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

China’s one-child catastrophe

There are now 40 million more Chinese men than women, but a two-child policy will not end the human rights abuses caused by the original policy

Politburo Standing Committee members Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang. China does not let the Pope choose his bishops (Photo: PA)

China scraps one-child family policy

The ruling Communist Party has called time on the controversial policy amid concerns over its ageing population