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Pope Francis shakes hands with the Archbishop Christophe Pierre (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

Archbishop Christophe Pierre met Pope Francis at the Vatican last week

Gov Phil Bryant (AP)

Gov Phil Bryant has signed into law the Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act

The Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri

High profile corporations join coalition campaigning against legislation that would protect businesses objecting on religious grounds to same-sex marriages

Archbishop Blasé Cupich of Chicago  (CNS)

The Archbishop of Chicago welcomed the publication of the Pope’s apostolic exhortation

Gov Phil Bryant (AP)

Gov Phil Bryant signed the law allowing businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples

The Altoona-Johnstown diocese adminstration building (AP)

A state grand jury found two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 clergy over a 40-year period in Altoona-Johnstown diocese

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks to the media outside the US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

The Little Sisters are challenging the mandate that most religious employers must cover contraceptives through employer-provided health insurance

Actor Jim Caviezel pays his respects at the casket of Mother Angelica before her April 1 funeral Mass at the the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville (CNS)

Mother Angelica’s funeral took place at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal at a press conference to announce his vetoing of the bill (PA)

More than 500 companies, including Disney and Coca-Cola, urged Gov Deal’s veto

Mother Angelica, pictured on her EWTN programme

Mother Mary Angelica died on Easter Sunday at the age of 92