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The bell tower of St. Porphyrios Greek Orthodox church and the minaret of the adjacent Kateb Welaya mosque in Gaza City (AP)

Increasing numbers of Muslim refugees are seeking reception into the Church.

Gov Phil Bryant (AP)

Gov Phil Bryant signed the law allowing businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples

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Dr Anita Brookner won Britain's Booker McConnell fiction prize for Hotel du Lac (PA)

There was certainly an inner melancholy to Anita Brookner’s fiction

Pope Francis leads ecumenical vespers at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in 2014 (CNS)

Churches should work together on points of common agreement not strive for the impossible

St Valentine is the patron of love, young people and happy marriages (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The bishops of England and Wales have encouraged single Catholics to pray to St Valentine

Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw is a former Catholic school headmaster

Sir Michael Wilshaw addressed the the annual conference of the Catholic Association of Teachers, Schools and Colleges

St. Elijah's Monastery,  pictured in 2008 (AP)

ISIS destroy Iraq’s oldest monastery

The monastery stood for more than 1,000 years before it was razed by Islamist militants

Pope Francis (AP)

During his general audience Pope Francis said we shouldn’t end the day without asking forgiveness of eachother

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz arrives for the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops (CNS)

Archbishop Kurtz addressed the synod today