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Mexicans protest for an end to the carnage in their country (PA)

Don Winslow’s depiction of Mexico’s drugs war is bloody, brutal and brilliant

Pope Francis greets New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Washington DC, New, York and Philadelphia during September visit to the US

Katy Perry (PA)

The US pop star is reportedly attempting to buy a hill-top convent Los Angeles

US President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis address the US Congress and the United Nations during upcoming visit

Catholics in the Philippines greet Pope Francis during his visit to the country (CNS)

A presidential official has said that same-sex marriage by Filipinos in a foreign country will not be recognised in the Philippines.

A man kneels in prayer in front of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston (AP)

No sanctuary from the slaughter

The massacre in Charleston garnered worldwide attention, yet the phenomenon of sacrilegious violence is global and growing

Ron Paul (PA)

The libertarian politician is also a critic of ‘big government’ which withers away of the role of the individual

Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche of St Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop John Nienstedt of St Paul in Minnesota is to leave his post

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