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An altarpiece showing the souls in purgatory at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Purgatory exists even if we rarely talk about it

Pope Francis (CNS)

God wants to see a faith that inspires action, says Francis in homily

Bishop Kieran Conry tendered his resignation after admitting to being 'unfaithful' to his priestly promises (Mazur)

Letters by Archbishop Smith and Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor read at Arundel and Brighton services

Cardinal Nichols during last night's Mass at the Church of St Alphonsus Liguori Below: More images from the ceremony (Mazur)

The church is dedicated to Saint Alphonsus, founder of the Redemptorists

Newly married couples attend a wedding ceremony witnessed by Pope Francis in St Peter's Basilica (AP) Below: A video of the ceremony (CTV)

Marriage is a symbol of ‘real life’, Pope tells newlyweds in Rome

A boy hugs Pope Francis while he is trying to deliver a speech (Photo: PA)

A noisy child is a challenge for the whole congregation, not just for the priest and parents

Cardinal Pell hailed the abbey school as ‘brave and important’  (CNS)

Australian cardinal makes comments during Mass of foundation for the School of the Annunciation in Devon

'The peace challenges what I like most about the Catholic Mass – namely, the privacy of prayer' (CNS)

How the sign of peace disturbs me

While exchanging the sign everyone gets up, shakes hands, gives hugs and sometimes kisses – I’ve even witnessed a full-blown snog

A gallery assistant stands before a work by Matisse at The Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate Modern

The French artist rejected faith as a young man but at the age of 72 everything changed

Bishop Peter Libasci addresses mourners at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic church during a special Mass for  James Foley (PA)

‘I can touch you even in this darkness when I pray,’ wrote murdered American journalist to his family