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Russian Patriarch Kirill attends a blessing ceremony in the Saint Trinity Church in Paris (AP)

Patriarch Kirill led a sanctifying ceremony in the Saint Trinity Church

Pope Francis has an audience with the participants of a pilgrimage of French politicians from the Rhone-Alpes region (AP)

France’s diversity should be regarded as an opportunity to build a better world, Francis said

The owners of Ashers bakery speak after losing their appeal in the ‘gay cake’ case (PA)

The next battlefront for religious freedom

Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populists

Money can be used to help those in places like southern Africa which are experiencing drought (AP)

The leaders said that additional funding will help respond to crises ‘that don’t make the headlines’

The Mass was allegedly touted as the opening of the mayoral candidates campaigns (AP)

The priest faces a fine for blessing mayoral candidates at a Mass

Cardinal Zen (AP)

The cardinal said if the Vatican cannot get a ‘good deal’ from the Chinese government then it must walk away from negotiations

Members of the Cuban community dance in the street as they react to the death of Fidel Castro  (AP)

At Mass, priests prayed for ‘an end to communism, especially in Cuba and Venezuela’

Francois Fillon puts his hand on his hear after delivering a speech following the conservative presidential primary (AP)

Catholic politician has promised to defend ‘French values’ if he is elected

Every time the Pope gets airborne, editors hungrily await spicy quotations (AP)

What Trump and Francis have in common

Both Pontiff and President-elect have caused the press to exclaim ‘Did he really just say that?’

Humberto de La Calle, left, head of Colombia's government peace negotiation team, listens as Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator Farc read a joint statement in October (AP)

The decision to sign the amended peace accord was made during a meeting at a heavily guarded Catholic retreat in Bogota