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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

Worshippers pray next to a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas especially revered by Mexicans, during Mass at the St John Paul II Pastoral Center in Gainesville (AP)

The Pope sent a video message to the US bishops’ autumn conference

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory (CNS)

Archbishop Wilton Gregory leads a special task force exploring ways of promoting peace and healing across America

A woman in San Diego talks through a fence with children in Tijuana, Mexico (CNS)

‘A duty to welcome and protect newcomers, particularly refugees, is an integral part of our mission,’ the bishops said in a statement

Hillary supporters at Wellesley College last night (AP)

The abortion stance of Clinton’s running mate was a major issue for Catholic voters