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Cardinal William J. Levada, the former archbishop of San Francisco (CNS)

Cardinal William Levada, who will appear in court in September, says he ‘regrets error of judgment’

Ukrainian servicemen march with flags during the celebration of the  24th anniversary of Ukraine's independence from the Soviet Union in Kiev (CNS)

Francis urged a ‘response to the humanitarian emergency in the country’ during his address to crowds in St Peter’s Square on Sunday


Patrum is a social network for art that gives incredible access to the Vatican’s collection

Pope Francis at prayer (CNS)

The Holy Father prayed for catechists at the tomb of St Pius in St Peter’s Basilica

Hackers claim to have leaked a massive database of users from Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

The Proofreader blog has suggested supposed Vatican email addresses were in fact based in Canada and Virginia

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush: power, privilege and talent (AP)

America could be on the verge of electing its first Catholic Republican president. But it would not be long before he found himself in conflict with Church leaders

The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museums (CNS)

The app will allow donations to be made towards conservation and restoration projects

Bishop-designate Paolo Bizzeti (CNS)

Pope Francis’s nomination of Fr Paolo Bizzeti has been announced by the Vatican

Chinese Catholics pray during a 2014 Mass in Beijing (CNS)

Bishop Joseph Wei Jingyi says ordinations are example of the government tightening its control over the Church.

Pope Francis holds a cake he received from a newly married couple during his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican today (CNS)

In his general audience, Francis continued his series of talks about the family in anticipation of September’s celebration of the World Meeting of Families