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Bishop John Arnold (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The proposals announced by Bishop John Arnold will also see the merger of around 100 parishes

Pope Francis greets a child in the crowd outside the church after celebrating Mass in the parish of St Mary (CNS)

The Pontiff spent more than three hours at the parish of St Mary in the Setteville area of Rome

Olga Woltering, one of the five victims of the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida (CNS)

Olga Woltering was on her way to a cruise with her husband to celebrate his birthday

Members of the LGBT community hold placards during a protest rally in Bangalore, India (CNS)

The Church ‘has a big role to play’ in the pastoral care of the transgender community, according to the priest in charge of the outreach programme

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as 'Ahok' (AP)

Christian Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama is charged with insulting Islam

Pope Francis (AP)

The Liberal Theologian said the Pope wants to fulfil a request made by Brazil’s bishops

St Damien De Veuster on his deathbed on the Hawaiian island of Molokai in 1889 (CNS)

Holiness is not to be sneered at

Why do critics spend so much time scolding the saintly?

Rescue workers inspect the scene where  the lorry crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin (CNS)

The German Bishops’ Conference has called for a ‘Day of Prayer for Harassed and Persecuted Christians’, scheduled for December 26

An unnamed gunman pictured shortly after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

It’s time all nations stopped enabling repressive regimes

Children sit with people dressed as clowns on the stage near Pope Francis during a special audience with patients and employees of the Vatican-owned paediatric hospital of Bambino Gesu, in the Paul VI Hall (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

The Pope told a group of children that they must ask their grandparents lots of questions and listen to the answers