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The US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

The legal case will be the first on abortion that the high court has taken in eight years

Archbishop Gregory Aymond is one of the signatories to the letter (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert).

A group of religious leaders have urged the Supreme Court to halt the execution of Rodricus Crawford in Louisiana

The daughters of Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi hold a photo of their mother (CNS)

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws claim jurisdiction over those who are not Muslim, which is simply outrageous

Protesters demand the release of Asia Bibi in Lahore in 2010 (CNS)

Ms Bibi was sentenced to death in 2010 after a row over drinking water

Justice Anthony Kennedy: no doubt well-meaning, but hopelessly optimistic (PA)

The Church has in the past five decades stressed the importance of ideas that cluster around the phrase ‘human rights’ – in doing so, it has dug a hole for itself

Catholics pray outside the Texas state Capitol in Austin, Texas (CNS)

The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked Texas from enforcing new requirements on abortion clinics

Pope Francis on board a flight to Sri Lanka (CNS)

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'Mexico City approved same-sex marriage in 2009' (CNS)

The Mexican bishops’ conference has expressed disappointment with the court’s decree

Supporters of traditional marriage hold signs near Capitol Hill (CNS)

The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over whether states that bar same-sex marriage must recognise such unions

Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun listens as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal speaks at a news conference at a convent in Cremisan Valley in Beit Jala, West Bank (CNS)

The security wall would have divided a Catholic monastery