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Ashers bakery, Belfast: the owners refused to place a pro-gay marriage slogan on a cake

The Ashers verdict is bad news – but it’s also a chance to build a consensus

The ceremonial opening of a transgender bathroom at a high school in Seattle (AP)

ADF say the new law could force churches to ‘violate their core religious beliefs’

Cardinal Raymond Burke (PA)

The cardinal said the devil tries to sow doubt in Catholics’ minds about defending human life publicly

Cardinal Donald Wuerl (PA)

The cardinal argued that politics can be reduced to special interests unless it is guided by moral principles

Cardinal Sarah speaks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (CNS)

The cardinal said divorce, cohabitation and same-sex marriage hurt children and make it harder to discover God’s love

Worshippers at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, China (CNS)

Bishop Zhang Huaixin, who spent years in labour camps, was admired as a role model for Chinese Catholics

Pope Francis leads the prayer vigil in St Peter's Basilica last night (AP)

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Protestors gather outside the Senate Chamber during a hearing on a religious freedom bill at the Statehouse in Indianapolis (PA)

This debate pits the newest freedom, so-called “marriage equality”, in direct conflict with the oldest

The Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri

High profile corporations join coalition campaigning against legislation that would protect businesses objecting on religious grounds to same-sex marriages

Nuns of the Little Sisters of The Poor rally outside the Supreme Court (PA)

The nuns are one of several groups arguing that contraceptive mandate would oblige them to violate their consciences