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The US flag flies in front of a mural of Pope Francis in New York City (CNS)

Catholicism’s American revolution

From annulments to pro-life activism the American Church is blazing a trail for the rest of the Catholic world

A Cuban flag is held aloft behind Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (CNS)

President Barack Obama, Cuban President Raul Castro and the Vatican have all called for a lifting of the embargo

Auxiliary Bishops Joseph V Brennan and Robert E Barron pray during their Sept. 8 episcopal ordination at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Not pictured is Auxiliary Bishop David G. O'Connell, who was also ordained. (CNS photo/John Rueda, The Tidings) See LA-AUXILIARIES Sept. 9, 2015.

Bishop Baron was ordained on Wednesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

A woman and child are escorted to a van by detention facility guards inside the Artesia Family Residential Centre (PA)

Hundreds of immigrant mothers and children currently being held in detention centres must be released by October 23

Jamestown, Virginia: crosses mark the burial places of four of the earliest settler leaders, including Captain Gabriel Archer (Photo: AP)

A reliquary found in Jamestown, Virginia, gives a Catholic foundation to a country so often thought of as Protestant

Jamestown Discovery

Historians speculate that early settler leader could have been a Catholic spy

Pope Francis talks with Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia (Photo: CNS)

Estimate made by organisers of the World Meeting of Families

Women walk past a statue of Archbishop John Carroll at Georgetown University in Washington DC (CNS)

Archbishop John Carroll had an extraordinary impact on American Catholicism

Priests lay hands on candidates during their ordination at the Co-Cathedral of St Joseph in Brooklyn last June (Photo: CNS)

Nearly 600 Americans are expected to be ordained to the priesthood this year

Pope Francis has been outspoken about the death penalty throughout his pontificate (PA)

Pope Francis has spoken out over the death penalty on numerous occasions