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'The bishops’ 2015 letter the letter is of use to all voters – not just Catholics – in casting their votes this May' (PA)

The bishops’ 2015 letter reminds the reader that there is a moral obligation on all voters to exercise their franchise

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has released a letter ahead of this year’s general election

Newly married couples kneel during a Mass in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Bishop Mark Davies has encouraged the faithful to ‘speak up for marriage’

An embryologist at a clinic in south London (PA)

A scheme for the harvesting of female eggs follows the House of Commons approval of Government regulations to permit ‘three-parent IVF’

Italy's Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin said that Italy was a "dying country" (PA)

The Italian Minister of Health has said Italy is a dying country due to a shortage of babies

A pro-lifer at the March for Life in Washington DC. 'The Sylvesters are not untypical of the American Catholics I have met through the pro-life movement.'

If only this year’s synod could take its lead from the Sylvester household

Pope Francis arrives for his General Audience this morning (PA)

Pope Francis also reflected on the importance of fathers during General Audience

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope praises ‘beautiful work of mothers and grandmothers’ during Mass

Cardinal Raymond Burke (CNS)

Cardinal Burke was ridiculed for saying men are repelled by a ‘feminised’ Church. But he grasps that fathers have a huge influence over whether children grow up to be Mass-goers

The US Supreme Court building in Washington (CNS)

The court has accepted petitions from Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio