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Women should carry a bottle of holy water in their hand bags (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

Women are called to save souls in many different ways

Fr Thomas Rosica (AP)

Fr Thomas Rosica said many Catholics were guilty of character assassination and ‘being against everyone and everything’

Pope Francis prays during the opening session of the Italian Episcopal Conference (AP)

Pope Francis opened the Italian bishops’ conference annual assembly in the Vatican

Sadiq Khan during the signing ceremony for the newly elected Mayor of London, in Southwark Cathedral, the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark (AP)

The election of a Muslim as London mayor ‘illustrates the need for Europe to rediscover its capacity to integrate’, the Pope told La Croix

Pope Francis spreads holy water as he celebrates Pentecost Mass in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope tells faithful at Pentecost Mass, ‘We were made to be God’s children’

Michelangelo's Pietà (Stanislav Traykov)

For some reason, Mary is often a stumbling block for those outside the Church.

A parishoner is anointed with ashes by Deacon Ed Kelly during an Ash Wednesday Mass in Archbald, Pennsylvania (AP)

Some writers warned of future internal strife in the Church, while others examined the historical precedents

Rodrigo Duterte may be more diplomatic once he is elected (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Filipinos are holding out for Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency to be rather different from his election campaign

Pope Francis arrives for a special audience with the UISG in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican (AP)

The drive for radical ‘reform’ could actually prevent the laity from gaining a more prominent voice

Pope Francis embraces Cheryl Tobin, who has stage IV cancer, during his general audience at the Vatican (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)

Cheryl Tobin, who has stage 4 cancer, said she was ‘overwhelmed with emotion’