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Archbishop George J Lucas of Omaha (CNS)

A US district judge effectively struck down Nebraska’s ban on same-sex marriage on March 2

Pope Francis with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and First Lady Angelica Rivera in June 2014 (AP)

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The US Supreme Court building in Washington (CNS)

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

Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila arrive to celebrate Mass at Manila's cathedral (Photo: CNS)

The Pope was speaking at a meeting with families in Manila

Bishop Kevin Doran and Bishop Liam MacDaid (Photo: Brenda Drumm CCO)

Irish bishops issue booklet on marriage ahead of referendum in six months’ time

Praising pupils can be harmful

The inevitable result will be to open Catholic teachers up to increased scrutiny, pressures and complaints

Fr Adolfo Nicolás with Pope Francis in January (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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Archbishop Cordileone addresses the March for Marriage (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Cordileone asks faithful not to give in to ‘angry rhetoric’

Archbishop Smith, left, and Cardinal Nichols (Photo: Mazur/

Archbishop Smith says recent statement ‘should not be misunderstood’

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark (Mazur/

Bishops say lesbian and gay Catholics fear the move would remove their legal rights