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Archbishops Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia processes with fellow bishops outside the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark (CNS)

It is worth remembering that the American Church predates our own restored English hierarchy by some 70 years

Pilgrims gather for Archbishop Oscar Romero's beatification Mass (CNS)

Note from the Pope is read out at beatification service on Saturday

The wreckage of the derailed Amtrak train (CNS)

At least six people were killed and more than 200 others were injured when a train derailed in the Port Richmond area of the city

Sister Diana Momeka (CNS)

Sister Diana Momeka told a congressional hearing that Iraqis who have fled Islamists ‘want nothing more than to go home’

A congregation in the Catholic archdiocese of Baltimore (CNS)

The number of Catholics in America have fallen from 23.9 per cent in 2007 to 20.8 per cent in 2014, according to Pew Research Centre

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Cuban President Raul Castro  (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Cuba from September 19 to 22, according to the country’s bishops’ conference

Cuban President Raul Castro gestures as he leaves a private meeting with Pope Francis on Sunday (CNS)

Cuban president says he will attend papal masses during Francis’s vist to Cuba in September

Cardinal George (Photo: CNS)

Always the smartest man in the room

Cardinal Francis George of Chicago was one of the clearest thinkers and most direct speakers in the hierarchy of the US Church

The statement on the group's website

American clergymen join British counterparts in wishing to uphold ‘Church discipline’ on sacraments

Supporters of traditional marriage hold signs near Capitol Hill (CNS)

The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments over whether states that bar same-sex marriage must recognise such unions