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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’

Pope Francis greets Sister Carmen Sammut,  a Missionary Sister of Our Lady of Africa and president of the International Union of Superiors General (CNS)

Pope Francis said the question was ‘obscure’ and required study

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, seems to want closer relations with China (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

If the Vatican is to initiate closer relations with mainland China, in what way would this benefit country’s Catholic Church?

Archbishop Socrates Villegas (AP)

The president of the bishops’ conference said it was part of their vocation to speak out on political matters