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Trappist Father Thomas Merton (CNS)

The Trappist who couldn’t be silenced

Thomas Merton was funny, daring and loquacious. That got him into trouble with the Church authorities, but it didn’t stop him becoming a great modern spiritual guide

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis’s message to the faithful released by the Vatican today

The US Supreme Court building in Washington (CNS)

The court has accepted petitions from Tennessee, Michigan, Kentucky and Ohio

Pope Francis waves before boarding his plane as he departs Manila (PA)

Papal visit to South Asia comes to an end as the Pope flies home

The new chief editor of Charlie Hebdo, Gerard Biard, left, and columnist Patrick Pelloux, right, comfort cartoonist Luz at a press conference this week (PA)

New Charlie Hebdo pokes fun at the Pope

Satirical newspaper sends a message to Francis in issue featuring the Prophet Mohammed

Pope Francis delivers his blessing while praying at a statue of Mary overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome yesterday (CNS)

Francis also prays that Catholics have the courage ‘to go against the current’

Pop Francis speaking at the Vatican this week (CNS)

Francis has called on world leaders and people of faith to work together to rid the world of the threat of nuclear weapons

A bust of Pope Pius IX at an exhibition in Florida (PA)

Those who ridicule the Syllabus have clearly never read it – it’s a handy guide to avoiding doctrinal blunders

The Dreamland site in Margate, Kent (PA)

Margate is worth a Latin Mass

Like Margate, the Church faces difficulties as a result of changes made in the first half of the 1960s

The future Pope holds the hands of an elderly woman and a girl at a Mass in Buenos Aires in 2008 (CNS)

A book that sheds new light on the great mysteries of Pope Francis studies