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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

Downtown Phoenix, backdropped by Piestewa Peak (PA)

Phoenix leaves me gasping in admiration

I find myself missing two things about England: a decent cup of tea and a little English reserve

The Shrine of Our Lady of Charity in El Cobre, Cuba (Photo: CNS)

Pope hails ‘noble’ task of diplomacy in address to new ambassadors

Pope Francis and Barack Obama talked about Cuba during their meeting at the Vatican in March (Photo: CNS)

One meeting between US and Cuban officials was held at the Vatican

A guard tower at Guantanamo Bay naval base (CNS)

Church officials and campaigners respond to Senate Intelligence Committee report

Women religious attend a meeting of the US bishops' conference (Photo: CNS)

Report was completed two years ago but not made public

Bishop Seitz greets faithful in Mexico.  Below, relatives are reunited (Photos: CNS)

The Mass was celebrated by bishops on both sides of the border fence

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard the flight from Tel Aviv to Rome last month

Much of what he says in his public statements appears not entirely intellectually well thought through; at times it is even totally incoherent

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres  (CNS)

Antonio Guterres says his agency and others working with migrants can do more