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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made the comments at First Minister's Question Time in November (AP)

The Bishop of Paisley called the First Minister’s intervention ‘very disappointing’

Ashers bakery, Belfast: the owners refused to place a pro-gay marriage slogan on a cake

A survey has suggested that two-thirds of the public believe businesses have a right to decline orders which conflict with their religious beliefs

Bishop Edward Daly holds a portrait of Jackie Duddy was shot dead in the Bogside area of Derry on Bloody Sunday (AP)

The retired Bishop of Derry, who became a hero after administering last rites to victims on the streets and waving a blood-stained handkerchief, has died at the age of 82

Loughinisland families give a press conference following  the release of the ombudsman's report (PA)

Six Catholics were shot at the Loughinisland pub while watching a World Cup match in 1994

Anglican Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin lead an ecumenical Good Friday procession in Dublin (CNS photo/John Mc Elroy)

The trip would likely include the first ever papal visit to Northern Ireland

Northern Irish pro-life campaigners at a protest in 2012 (PA)

Elections to Northern Ireland’s power-sharing assembly take place on Thursday

Archbishop Eamon Martin is  Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland (PA)

The bishops have released a pastoral document ahead of next week’s elections

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett (Home of the Mother)

Sister Clare Theresa Crockett, a 33-year-old missionary, was teaching guitar to children when the earthquake struck

Attempts to make abortion more widely available were voted down at Stormont (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Legislation would have liberalised law in case of fatal abnormalities, rape and incest

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company, arrive at Belfast County Court (PA)

Peter Tatchell has said that the lawsuit against Ashers bakery was a ‘step too far’