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The moment Pope Francis kissed baby Gianna (CBS Philadephia)

Gianna Masciantoni was kissed by the Pontiff during his visit to Philadelphia in September

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its autumn assembly in Baltimore (CNS)

US bishops have issued an election-year guide addressing a broad range of issues

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to United States, listens to remarks at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual autumn meeting (AP)

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano received two standing ovations

Timothy Muise and Shawn Fisher unveil the John Collins and Edward Farley Thomas Merton Resource and Research Centre at a state prison in Shirley (CNS)

The ‘resource and research centre’ is housed in Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel at prison in Shirley, Massachusetts

The Cathedral of St John the Evangelist in Milwaukee

The US archdiocese has had its re-organisation proposals approved by the courts

An opponent of Planned Parenthood demonstrates in front of a new facility in Houston in January (CNS)

The House of Representatives voted to redirect the money to community health centres, but President Obama will veto the bill

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington (CNS)

The US cardinal told America magazine the synod was not being manipulated

Benedict XVI pictured in 2006 (CNS)

Bishop James Conley was given the pectoral cross by Benedict XVI in 2012

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the US (CNS)

Pope Francis has recently spoken out about the Catholic Church’s teaching against capital punishment.

Benedict XVI (CNS)

The pectoral cross was stolen from the home of the US bishop on Saturday