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Democrat members of Congress, including  John Lewis, participate in sit-down protest seeking a vote on gun control measures (Rep John Yarmuth via AP)

Last week’s gun control sit-in highlights how one side of the culture war has successfully linked its opinions to the most contentious periods in US history

The Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life has released a report on the place of religion in UK society (PA)

Sectarianism is not a self-evident result of religious selection in schools

The Houses of Parliament (Photo: PA)

Leaked Government plans include proposal to sack charity trustees deemed ‘extremist’

Assyrians in Beirut, Lebanon, protest against ISIS atrocities (AP)

Lord Alton has said the killing of Christians in Syria is a ‘genocide that dares not speak its name’

Those who sign up to the register will reportedly be subject to Government-specified training (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

A report by the Daily Telegraph claims the proposal is part of the Government’s anti-extremism strategy

The Catholic bishops have cautioned against extending opening hours on a Sunday (PA)

Spokesman for the Bishops of England and Wales says further deregulation would be a mistake

HMP Wandsworth in London (PA)

Bishop Richard Moth said that British prisons are overcrowded and under-resourced

Members of the Philippines military carry bodies of their colleagues who died in deadly clashes with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (CNS)

A 12-hour gun fight between Islamic rebels and government troops took place earlier this week

Vatican bank (AP)

The Italian government has held the funds for more than three years

Eritrean migrants in Lampedusa

Bishops’ Conference criticise decision not to support migrant rescue services in the Mediterranean