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Bishop Farrell heads the new dicastery (CNS)

The Pope reaches out to America

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The appointment of Bishop Farrell suggests the Pope wants the Church in the US to move away from confrontation and towards dialogue

The Obama administration has introduced a number of rules around transgender rights since 2014 (AP)

A number of Republican-led states oppose new rules around transgender rights which could go against some doctors’ religious beliefs

David Daleiden, centre, being congratulated by supporters outside court on Tuesday (AP)

The activists who filmed undercover videos of Planned Parenthood have had the case against them dismissed in court

Activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pharmacists in Washington have appealed against laws requiring them to dispense emergency contraception

The US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

The court struck down two provisions of a 2013 Texas law regulating abortion in the state

Pope Francis pictured at yesterday's Jubilee for the sick and persons with disabilities (AP)

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A Planned Parenthood clinic in the US (PA)

Planned Parenthood cleared of wrongdoing but pro-life activist charged with tampering with a governmental record

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

Children wave to Pope Francis as he arrives in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican for a meeting with large families in 2014 (AP)

Jennifer Fulwiler’s new book persuades us that life can be a much larger and more exciting adventure if we put ourselves in God’s hands

Francis rides the Popemobile in Asunción, Paraguay, last month (AP)

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