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Nuns of the Little Sisters of The Poor rally outside the Supreme Court (PA)

The nuns are one of several groups arguing that contraceptive mandate would oblige them to violate their consciences

Nuns of the Little Sisters of The Poor rally outside the Supreme Court (PA)

The order is asking to be exempt from US government regulations obliging them to provide birth control

Pope Francis: 'It can happen that under the name of virtue, "splendid vices" are masked'

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During his in-flight interview Pope Francis said 'avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil' (CNS)

No one can be sure – and perhaps we shouldn’t read too much into them anyway

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. A bad word from the Pope won't have harmed his cause (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The pro-immigration pope makes a perfect foil to the nativist politician

Pope Francis greets faithful as he arrives for his weekly general audience  (AP)

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Parents have expressed frustration at a lack of places at St Mary's Catholic primary in Horwich, Bolton (Photo: PA)

Politicians and lobbyists claim that more sex education is the answer to almost every problem in our schools. Here’s why they are wrong

The Pope talks to the Cardinals before the Synod

The Church is accused of being ‘out of touch’ in the results of a Church wide survey looking at family and married life

Protestors pictured outside the Supreme Court in Washington last year (PA)

Many Catholic institutions have sued over the legal requirement to provide contraceptive insurance coverage for employees

Little Sisters of the Poor attend 2014 celebration of Fortnight for Freedom Mass in Baltimore (CNS)

Under the Affordable Care Act, all health insurance plans are required to provide contraceptive coverage