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Under canon law, the seal of confession is sacred under the penalty of excommunication (CNS)

Legal step is the latest in a case involving Father Jeffrey Bayhi

Archbishop Fulton Sheen (CNS)

The Diocese of Peroria has announced that the archbishop’s Cause has been suspended indefinitely

American journalist James Foley, who appears to have been killed by Islamic State terrorists Below: Fr Paul Gousse leaves the Foley family home in Rochester, Boston (PA)

Islamic State have released a video appearing to show murder of James Wright Foley

Displaced Iraqi Christian families, who fled from the village of Hamdaniya near the northern city of Mosul (PA)

Babies and the elderly among those suffering from diseases, thirst and malnutrition

Cardinal Fernando Filoni (CNS)

Cardinal Fernando Filoni’s visit delayed by 24 hours due to logistical problems

Protesters display signs and carry flags during a rally in Detroit to highlight persecution of Iraqi Christians (CNS)

Chaldeans take part in prayer vigil after Detroit protest

Pilgrims stand outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS)

Conflict between Israel and Hamas has not stopped pilgrimages ‘functioning like normal’

Pro-Life demonstrators in Texas (AP)

The US Supreme Court has ruled that pro-life advocates are entitled to stand outside abortion clinics

People attend a Courtyard of the Gentiles gathering in the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (CNS)

Promoting dialogue between believers and non-believers will enrich our national conversation

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta (CNS)

Archbishop Wilton Gregory ‘failed to consider the impact on families struggling to pay their bills’