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A youth squats inside a burned out car in Bangui Below: Displaced civilians at the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Thousands of civilians take shelter in churches, but parishes struggling to cope

Police officers stand guard in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral on Tuesday (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Historian shot himself in apparent protest at gay marriage

A painting by Mexican artist Martha Orozco featuring six priests canonised by Pope John Paul II in 2000

As the sacrifice of the Mexican martyrs shows, anti-Catholicism will always rebound on itself

Relics of St Jean-Baptiste de La Salle in the chapel of the Generalate of his order in Rome

Jean-Baptiste de la Salle (April 7) was the founder of the Institute for the Brothers of the Christian Schools

President Sarkozy, left, and his Socialist challenger François Hollande meet at a fundraiser last month (PA photo)

The massacres never had anything remotely to do with the French debate on immigration

A woman wearing a burqa walks past St Silas the Martyr Anglo-Catholic church in Kentish Town, London (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Our refusal to do the same has nothing to do with toleration: we just don’t have the political courage

Pope Benedict XVI and Nicolas Sarkozy outside the Élysée Palace in Paris in 2008 (Photo: PA)

Pope to meet Sarkozy in Italy

Pope Benedict to meet the French president amid tension over French deportation of Roma people