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'Our country is so permeated by what one commentator calls "the banal culture of death" that things regarded an abomination elsewhere are greeted here with a shrug'

Revelations that hospitals incinerated the remains of unborn children have generated international revulsion but the reaction in the UK has been muted

Pope Francis has said that the sanctity of human life is recognised through its fragility (CNS)

Pope Francis addressed the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry today

Cardinal Marx, pictured, will now be assisted by a British priest (CNS)

Canon law expert Mgr Ferme appointed by Pope Francis

Pope Francis and Father Luigi Ciotti, founder of the Italian anti-Mafia group Libera, participate in a prayer service for Mafia victims (CNS)

Pope Francis has made clear that we will live with the consequences of our actions forever

Marie Collins, right, is a member of the papal commission (PA)

Marie Collins among eight members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Francis appeals to mafia members during his speech (AP)

Pontiff makes emotional appeal at prayer vigil for victims of mafia violence

Bishop McMahon will be installed on The Feast of St Joseph the Worker on May 1 (Mazur)

The McMahon ‘pick’ represents a spreading of the net, though not perhaps a very dramatic one

Pope Francis blesses sick people as he leaves St Peter's Square today (CNS)

Pope Francis had a message for fathers at his general audience today

Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo signed the human trafficking accord on behalf of the Pope (CNS)

Global Freedom Network launched at Vatican news conference

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside a Ukrainian military base in Crimea (CNS)

Pope Francis meets privately with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church at the Vatican