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A statue of Pope John Paul II stands outside the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City (AP). Below, a statue by Zurab Tsereteli in Paris

Statue in a Brittany town square deemed to violate the separation of Church and state

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki oversaw the committee that drew up the German bishops' new labour law (AP)

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Police apparently foiled attacks on two churches in the city (AP)

An alleged Islamic extremist planned to attack two churches, according to reports

A floral tribute outside Charlie Hebdo's headquarters in Paris (PA)

There may be the freedom to insult religious belief in a secular state, but holding it as a jewel in the crown of democracy is wrong

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at Rizal Park, Manila, yesterday (AP)

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St Francis de Sales

Francis is known for his writing on spiritual formation and is the patron saint of journalists

Remy Cordonnier, the director of the Saint-Omer library, opens a page of the newly discovered Shakespeare's original first folio (CNS)

A First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays found in a French library came from a Catholic college

St John Eudes

French bishops give their backing to effort at plenary meeting in Lourdes

Spent cartridges lie on the ground in Benghazi, Libya (CNS)

Catholic clergy in eastern Libya vowed to continue ministering to local Church members

South Koreans at a Mass for peace and reconciliation in the city of Paju (PA)

The Church is growing fast in South Korea

The Confucian kingdom sought to exterminate Catholics but now the whole country admires the Church