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Pope Francis lights a candle during an interfaith peace gathering outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS)

Pope Francis spoke at the closing ceremony of an interreligious peace gathering in Assisi

Pope Francis greets participants in a day of prayer for peace in Assisi (AP)

The Pope will address the gathering in Assisi and lead prayers for victims of war

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori in 2013.  (AP)

The Archbishop of Baltimore defended religious freedom after a commitee chairman called it an ‘excuse for discrimination’

Prime Minister Theresa May (PA)

Catholic peer Lord Alton says he is ‘sceptical’ that the role has been downgraded

Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly (CNS)

Fr Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly spent more than two decades in prison and 15 years under house arrest

'Recognise the importance of immersing oneself in a Catholic culture' (AP)

A recent comment under one of my blogs beautifully illustrated why I chose to be Catholic

Rory Kinnear as Hamlet (National Theatre)

Take heart from one of the life-enhancing messages of Shakespeare’s famous play

Fr Jaki, probably explaining the way Erathostenes calculated the circumference of the Earth (Antonio Colombo)

Fr Stanley Jaki argued that science is about quantities. Anything immeasurable, including God, it can neither prove nor disprove

As Shortt reminds readers, not all scientists are atheists (AP)

Rupert Shortt’s God is No Thing provides a courteous response to atheists

A woman prays at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (CNS)

Christian women are more likely to attend weekly religious services than men, study finds