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Monthly checks for surrogate mothers are distributed at a dormitory run by Akanksha Clinic, one of the most organized clinics in the surrogacy business, in Anand, India. (AP Photo/Allison Joyce)

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted against the proposal

Members of a far right group line up at a cathedral in Białystok, Poland, in April (AP)
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In the 1980s I was a leading member of the racist National Front. Catholicism brought me out of the darkness – it can do the same for Europe

Pope Francis told an interviewer that Merkel had been 'a bit angry because I had compared Europe to a barren woman' (AP)

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The European Parliament in Strasbourg  (AP Photo/Christian Lutz)

‘Historic’ vote by MEPs comes as the House of Commons prepares to debate the issue

Cardinal John Tong Hon walks through St  Peter's Square in March (CNS photo/Dylan Martinez, Reuters)

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Pope Francis delivers his speech at the European Parliament (AP)

Pontiff challenges European leaders to defend dignity of the most vulnerable

Pope Francis greets prelates at the end of the canonisation Mass (AP)

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Pope Francis and Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament (Photo: PA)

Address will be the first by a pope in Strasbourg since 1988

Pro-lifers won the vote in Brussels yesterday

Plan to make abortion a human right sent back to committee

The European Parliament building in Brussels (AP)

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